JERUSALEM, March 5 (Xinhua) -- The Israeli special forces on Wednesday intercepted an Iranian ship in the Red Sea that ferried missiles for militants in the Gaza Strip, capping an intelligence operation that lasted months.
Naval commandos raided the vessel on the maritime border between Sudan and Eritrea, approximately 1,500 km (930 miles) from the Israeli coast, while it was en route to Port Sudan, the military said.
A search on board the Panamanian-flagged vessel, named the KLOS- C, yielded dozens of Syrian-made M-302 surface-to-surface rockets that were concealed under cement bags, the military said. It noted that Hezbollah fired this type of rocket into northern Israel during the 33-day war in 2006.
Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, an army spokesman, said the operation, codenamed "Full Disclosure," was launched several months ago when Israeli intelligence agencies identified that the rockets were flown from Damascus to Tehran, an unusual route that sought to throw Israeli intelligence off track.
Ten days ago, they were loaded onto the cargo ship at the Bandar Abbas Port in southern Iran, from where the vessel sailed to the Iraqi port of Umm Qasr, and continued its journey to Port Sudan, where it was scheduled to dock on Thursday.
Commandos who boarded the vessel did not encounter resistance from its 17 crew members, and it was being towed to the Navy's Red Sea port in Eilat, where it is scheduled to arrive in three days.
The military said the crew of the KLOS-C were most likely not aware of the cargo they were ferrying, and would be released shortly after being questioned by Israeli authorities.
JERUSALEM, March 5 (Xinhua) -- While negotiating a deal with the world powers on its nuclear program, Iran is supplying militant groups with lethal weapons to harm innocent civilians, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday after Israeli commandos intercepted an Iranian ship in the Red Sea that carried missiles bound for the Gaza strip.
Israeli naval commandos raided the vessel on the maritime border between Sudan and Eritrea, approximately 1,500 km (930 miles) from the Israeli coast, while it was en route to Port Sudan, the Israeli military said. Full story