The IDF releases video showing Israeli Navy commandos boarding the "Victoria” ship, which was on its way to smuggle deadly weapons into Gaza.
No was injured in the operation, and Israeli officials will make a full inspection of the camouflaged weapons Wednesday morning.
The smuggled mortars and missiles were camouflaged under commercial goods and were not listed on the ship’s manifest. IDF and security officials discovered advanced land-to-sea missiles, never before seen in Gaza and which were shipped from Iran, via Syria, and were intended to be used to sink IDF Navy patrol boats as well as civilian boats in the port of Ashdod. The same missile, made in China, was used by Hizbullah against a Navy ship during the Second Lebanon War, killing four people
"The Israel Navy operation prevented the smuggling of weapons which had strategic importance to the Gaza Strip," said Navy Deputy Commander Rani Ben-Yehuda.
The contraband was headed to Egypt, where terrorists were to smuggle them into Gaza through tunnels.