Iran’s foreign minister on Friday once again sharply rejected Israel’s claims that Tehran tried to ship missiles to Hamas-run Gaza, calling it a “lie,” AFP reported.
The Klos C ship, which Israel intercepted in the Red Sea, carried dozens of long-range B-302 missiles. The weapons, made in Syria under Iran’s directives, were being taken to Sudan, where they would be then taken to the Sinai Peninsula and smuggled to Gaza through the underground tunnels.
On Thursday, Zarif drew a link on his Twitter account between the interception of the ship and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s trip to Washington, suggesting it was no coincidence.
On Friday, according to AFP, he went with a similar claim.
“Netanyahu is in Washington... and all of a sudden as a godsend, they capture a ship from Iran with missiles. Just a coincidence?” Zarif said during an official visit to Jakarta.
“If Netanyahu is a saint and can produce miracles I believe the Israelis themselves will be amused by that,” he added.
“So if you cannot believe in miracles by Netanyahu, the only thing that you can believe is that this is a lie. And it is a lie,” declared Zarif.
“For the arms to go through Sudan and from Sudan back to somewhere and from that somewhere to Gaza - this is more like delusional thinking rather than even serious propaganda,” he said.
An unnamed Iranian military official told the state-run Iranian television's Arabic-language Al-Alam channel on Wednesday, "We completely deny this report which is totally without foundation."
Hamas, the terror group which runs Gaza, also denied it had any connection to the ship.
“This was all made up in order to argue that we are terrorists and give justification for the continuation of the blockade,” Hamas spokesman Mushir Al-Masri told Channel 10 News.
“The whole world knows what the relationship between Iran and Hamas is today," he added.
Netanyahu, unfazed by Iran’s denials, said on Thursday,” Now the government of Iran is saying it’s all lies That ship will get to Eilat in a few days, and we shall see who is lying, and we shall expose what Iran is really doing.”
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