Were these Iranian arms off-loaded in Latakia by the Iranian Navy "supply" ship that just docked there after transiting Suez? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Dr. L. Brnd
    • 15.03.11 | 16:10 (IST)

    My guess is: YES. Satellite Intel probably picked up the Iranian ship off-loading weapons in Latakia on its "goodwill/training visit" after sailing through the Suez canal, and IDF waited until satellite intelphotos showed the weapons being transferred to a ship that would dock in Egypt. Israel had every legal right to enforce the worldwide embargo against Iranian arms trafficking and against weapons delivery to Gaza, by seizing this ship, which it does NOT have to give back to the German owners (presumably, strident Netanyahu critic Angela is not about to ask for it!). Iran likely chose this route after IDF sank two of their weapons cargo ships in the Red Sea and bombed transfer depots in Sudan. This success provides a basis for tightening the sanctions against Iran arms trafficking - such as banning Iranian ships from the Red Sea and the Suez canal. It also puts Egypt and its Al-Arish port firmly in the gunsites of illegal arms smuggling sanctions - do you think Egypt was going to seize this cargo? NO, they were going to load in into 18-wheel semis to Gaza as "aid". Israel and int'l community enforcing UN's Iran arms sanctions are now entitled to search all ships heading to Al-Arish coming from Syria, Lebanon or Turkey. In law enforcement, this is called "probable cause", and its valid under Maritime Law as well.

    from the article: IDF seizes boat carrying weapons from Turkey to Gaza
    First published 12:42 15.03.11 | Last updated 12:42 15.03.11
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