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Israel stops weapons ship

world Updated: Mar 16, 2011 01:39 IST

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The Israeli navy has intercepted an Egypt-bound ship carrying a large delivery of weapons off Israel's Mediterranean coast. It said the arms had been sent by Syria to Palestinian militants in Gaza Strip.

The military said the cargo vessel, the Victoria, had departed from Lattakia port before stopping at Mersin in Turkey, then departing for the port of Alexandria in Egypt. Israel said Turkey had no involvement in the arms shipment.

Israel's military spokesman, Brigadier General Avi Benayahu, said at least three crates of weapons had been discovered on board. Hundreds of other crates onboard will be inspected once the ship arrives in Israel.