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Israeli naval commandos captured a ship in the Red Sea carrying 50 tons of weaponry destined for the Palestinian Authority in the early hours of Thursday, January 3. Included among the arms seized were rockets and missiles that could have reached Ben-Gurion International Airport and major Israeli cities from PA territory.

Israeli leaders said the smuggling operation had been initiated by the PA and had been carried out with the consent of Yasser Arafat. Israel also pointed to the involvement of Iran in the supply of the weapons. Both the PA and Iran denied any involvement. The ship was taken to Eilat where it was docked on January 4. More...

HOW THE OPERATION UNFOLDED

A perplexing route

U.S. accepts Israel's version on arms ship (11/01/02)

Ship's captain says arms were meant for the PA (08/01/02)

IDF to examine `missed media opportunity' of arms ship (08/01/02)

Sharon: We must reassess ties with PA (07/01/02)

U.S. thinks arms were bound for Hezbollah, NY Times says; Israel dismisses report (06/01/02)

AnalysisA ship laden with strategic impact (06/01/02)

Palestinians label ship story `Israeli propaganda trick' (06/01/02)

Capture of "Karine A" prevented an attempt to create a Lebanon-like situation in territories (06/01/02)

BackgroundThe capture took months to plan (06/01/02)

Huge arms cargo required careful handling (06/01/02)

Navy stops arms-laden boat bound for Gaza (08/05/01)

CommentarySon of a gun (11/01/02)

Iran and the munitions ship (11/01/02)

All at sea (07/01/02)

"Karine A" and Arafat's credibility (07/01/02)

Arafat and Sharon's double game (07/01/02)

The great achievement of `Noah's Ark' (06/01/02)

What's so surprising (06/01/02)

What had to be proved (06/01/02)