Israel Seizes Ship with Advanced Weaponry Allegedly Bound for Syria, Hizbullah

November 4, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Hundreds of tons of arms of allegedly Iranian-supplied arms on there way to Syria  intended for Hezbollah, were seized by Israeli naval commandos. The Francop, a German vessel flying an Antiguan flag, which departed from the Badar Abbas Port in Iran some 10 days ago, was carrying  over 500 tons of weapons picked up in the Egyptian port of Damietta, containing thousands of rockets and shells of various types, including 122 mm, Russian-made Katyushas, which have a range of some 30 kilometers. The shipment, the largest arms seizure in Israel’s history, was enough to keep Iranian-backed Hezbollah, supplied for a month of fighting.  Soldiers from Two Israel Navy missile ships boarded the Francop without encountering resistance and were given the cargo certificates, which indicated that some of the hundreds of containers on board had originated in Iran and were on their way to the Lattakia Port in Syria, where Israel believes they would have been unloaded and then transferred to Hezbollah in Lebanon. The transfer of such a large amounts of weapons was “part of Iran’s effort to create a balance of terror with Israel,” said Brig.- Gen. Rani Ben-Yehuda, deputy commander of the Israel Navy was quoted as saying by the Jerusalem Post. Ben-Yehuda called the shipment “very advanced weaponry.”   Israel believes Egypt and the vessel’s crew were unaware weapons were being shipped on the Francop.  Although both Iran and Syria are of course completely denying involvement, President Shimon Peres said the whole world knew there was a huge gap between what Syria and Iran say and what they do.


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