Turkey Intercepts Ship Carrying Weapons to Syria (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 04/19/12)
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Turkey has intercepted a vessel in the Mediterranean suspected of
carrying weapons and ammunition to Syria, a diplomatic source told
AFP on Wednesday.
According to the source, “We received information that the vessel has
a cargo of arms and ammunition headed for Syria.”
The Antigua and Barbuda flagged Atlantic Cruiser which anchored off
the coast of Iskenderun port Wednesday morning belongs to a German
company, AFP noted, adding that the search of its cargo was delayed
until Thursday morning due to stormy weather.
Earlier this week, the German shipping firm denied allegations that
its vessel was carrying Iranian arms to Syria, violating EU sanctions
against the Damascus regime.
The German news weekly Der Spiegel had reported that the Atlantic
Cruiser, owned by German company Bockstiegel but chartered by a
Ukrainian firm, had been stopped on the high seas with Iranian
weapons on board.
Bockstiegel said they had no indication that the cargo included arms
or ammunition, and the Ukrainian company that chartered the ship also
said that the cargo contained no weapons, but legal goods for
AFP quoted a statement by Bockstiegel, released late on Wednesday,
which said that the Atlantic Cruiser entered the port of
Iskenderun "unsolicited and as agreed" with German and Turkish
The statement added that the ship was “never stopped or intercepted
by Turkish authorities.”
Turkey has imposed sanctions on Damascus, due to President Bashar
Assad’s violent crackdown on anti-regime protesters. The sanctions
include interception of arms shipments there by air, land and sea.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/19/12)
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