The military said the cargo vessel “Victoria” initially departed from the Lattakia port in Syria before proceeding to the Mercin port in Turkey. From there it departed for the port of Alexandria in Egypt. Israel says that Turkey had no involvement in the arms shipment.
Israel’s military spokesman, Brig. Gen. Avi Benayahu, said at least three crates of weapons were uncovered on board. Hundreds of others will be inspected once the ship arrives in Israel.
Benayahu said Syria’s fingerprints were all over the shipment.
“Apparently we’ll find more evidence of the Iran, Syria, Hezbollah axis,” he told Israel’s Army Radio.
Israel has long blamed Iran and Syria for smuggling weapons to militants in Gaza and Lebanon, a claim both nations have denied. Iran and Syria are the main backers for two of Israel’s main foes — Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon and Hamas militants in Gaza.
Source: Aron Heller for the Associated Press.