Israel brings arms ship to dock, hopes to shame Iran

EILAT, Israel Sat Mar 8, 2014 11:18am EST

An Israeli Navy boat escorts the Panamanian-flagged cargo vessel Klos C into the Israeli port of Eilat on Saturday after seizing it in the Red Sea on Wednesday, March 8, 2014. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

An Israeli Navy boat escorts the Panamanian-flagged cargo vessel Klos C into the Israeli port of Eilat on Saturday after seizing it in the Red Sea on Wednesday, March 8, 2014.

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EILAT, Israel (Reuters) - A ship seized by the Israeli navy on suspicion of smuggling arms from Iran to the Gaza Strip docked on Saturday in Israel, which planned to put the cargo on display in hope of denting Tehran's rapprochement with the West.

The Klos C was taken without resistance in the Red Sea on Wednesday. Israel said it found dozens of advanced Syrian-made rockets hidden on board in Iran and destined for the ship's next port in Sudan, from where they would have been trucked through Egypt to Gaza.

Iran and Gaza's Islamist Hamas rulers, both hostile to the Jewish state, rejected the Israeli findings as fabrications.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been dismayed at world powers' nuclear diplomacy with Iran since Tehran installed the relatively pragmatic Hassan Rouhani as president last year, voiced hope they would now rethink the outreach.

"This ship will get to Eilat and the truth will become fully known," Netanyahu told Israel's Channel 10 TV on Friday. "This is the real face of Iran."

The Israeli military said it would take around two days to find and bring out for public viewing the contraband from the some 150 cargo containers abroad the Panamanian-flagged Klos C.

The ship would then be free to leave, as would its 17 crew members, who include Turks, Indians, Georgians and Azeris.

"They are on the ship. They will remain with the ship. Given that they have no hand in the arms smuggling, they will continue on their way," Israeli Admiral Oded Gur-Lavi told Reuters.

(Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Tom Heneghan)

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ccsccs123 wrote:
Israel is the only reason the middle east isn’t a COMPLETE cesspool.

Mar 08, 2014 11:47am EST  --  Report as abuse
drmorocco wrote:
Israel is the stain on the underpants of the world.

Mar 08, 2014 11:55am EST  --  Report as abuse
Why were the weapons consideredto be HIDDEN? Why is Palestinine not allowed to arm themselves when Israel even has NUKES? Am I not allowed to arm myself against intruders ? Isn’t Palestine bombing their own land? Isn’t a country allowed to bomb its own land?

Mar 08, 2014 12:00pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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