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Shipment of weapons intended for Gaza Strip detained in Limassol port due to US, Israeli appeals
Iran arms ship released by U.S. Navy now 'sailing to Syria'
By Yossi Melman and Natasha Mozgovaya, Haaretz Correspondents Tags: Israel News, Iran, Gaza
The captain of a ship that the United States Navy recently detained has said his vessel is now en route to Syria. The boat was initially believed to be carrying arms destined for Hamas, though sources say the weapons will likely be delivered to Hezbollah. The U.S. navy was forced to release the ship, which it had detained in the Red Sea on suspicion of carrying arms to Hamas-ruled Gaza. Weapons of various kinds were found aboard the ship, which was flying the Cypriot flag when it was stopped January 19, the U.S. military said. The ship was released Tuesday when it became apparent that there was no legal basis for holding it.