Israel Captures Alleged Iranian Arms Ship
Smuggled weapons were headed for Hezbollah, Israel says
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2009 10:58 AM CST
The ship in Ashdod, Israel.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Israel has seized a cargo ship it says was being used to smuggle hundreds of tons of weapons from Iran to Hezbollah in Lebanon. Though the ship has been sequestered, Israel tells the BBC it does not believe the crew was aware of the operation, and that the weapons were in containers “disguised as civilian cargo” among other legitimate cargo. The weapons, including rockets and missiles, "originate from Iran,” a spokesman says, and were destined for use “against the state of Israel and its citizens.”