The Foreign Ministry disclosed Wednesday that examinations of weapons found on the ship stopped by Israel on the high seas two weeks ago prove that Iran is the source. “An examination of the munitions seized proves conclusively that the source of the arms was Iran. This is clear both from the shipping documents and the markings on the munitions themselves,” it stated.
The vessel, named the Francop, was a merchant ship flying the flag of Antigua and destined for a port in Syria, which has been the exit point for tens of thousands of rockets smuggled into Lebanon for Hizbullah terrorists.
The IDF photo on the left shows cases of 60mm mortar bombs with a packing list that claims the cargo in the container is AZ111-A2 fuses.
Israeli special naval forces boarded the boat without opposition, and further investigation showed that the ship’s crew had no idea they were carrying 500 of tons of weapons disguised as civilian goods.
After the ship was escorted to Ashdod, authorities counted 36 shipping containers with:
--Approximately 9,000 mortar shells;
--3,000 Katyusha rockets;
--3,000 recoilless gun shells;
-more than half a million rounds of small arms ammunition
“The Iranian Revolutionary Guards transfer their shipments over air, sea, and land routes, and do not hesitate to make use of civilian carriers, often without their knowledge," the Foreign Ministry added.