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Navy soldiers seized a German merchant vessel chartered by a French company transporting weapons from Syria to Gaza 200 miles west off Israel's coast on Tuesday.
The prime minister noted he authorized the Navy operation on Monday night. "We had reason to assume the ship carried weapons meant to hurt Israeli citizens. The source of the weapons is Iran," he said. Netanyahu further added, "The takeover was carried out mid sea in accordance with international law. The ship is being escorted to Ashdod."
It is estimated the weapons were meant to pass Rafah's tunnels en route to Gaza thus avoiding the naval blockade.
Barak said the operation "proves the importance of the naval blockade on Gaza and the radical axis. We don’t know what Syria and Hezbollah's roles (in the attempted arms transfer) were; we will find out in the coming days."
A joint statement from the IDF and Foreign Ministry said that German officials have been alerted to the ship's seizure, as the ship belonged to a German company. Liberian officials have also been alerted. The operating company of the ship was from France, and thus French officials were also made aware of the situation.
Originally posted by Eliad
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