March 5, 2014

ISRAEL: Israeli Naval Raid Seizes Major Iranian Weapons Shipment Headed To Gaza For Islamic Militant Group Hamas.

The Blaze news
written by Sharona Schwartz
Wednesday March 5, 2014

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) says it intercepted an Iranian shipment of advanced weapons Wednesday bound for terrorist groups in Gaza that included long-range missiles capable of hitting anywhere in Israel.

“Iran attempted to smuggle tens of M302 surface to surface rockets to the terrorist organizations in Gaza,” said Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, a spokesman for the IDF who called the Israeli interception “a complex, covert operation.”

In the early morning raid, IDF naval commandos stopped the vessel the Klos C — an Iranian ship sailing under a Panama flag — in the Red Sea, boarded it and took over the controls.

The crew of 17 reportedly made no move to resist the boarding, and the incident ended peacefully.

The IDF posted this photo of one of the missiles, writing on Twitter, “Iran tried to send this missile & many others to Gaza terrorists. Israel stopped them.”

The Times of Israel reported that Israeli security officials had been monitoring the progress of the ship for several days and that the interception occurred about 1,000 miles off of Israel’s coast between the naval borders of Eritrea and Sudan.

It further reported that the ship was heading to Sudan and from there the weapons – including missiles with a range of up to 125 miles – would have been smuggled, via Egypt, to terrorists in Gaza. The IDF posted this map of the ship’s route: 
“The M302 in its most advanced model can strike over 100 miles, and if they would have reached Gaza, ultimately that would have meant millions of Israelis under threat,” Lerner told Reuters.

According to Israel’s Ynet News, the ship left Iran 10 days ago and was scheduled to reach Sudan on Thursday.

It quoted IDF sources who said that the rockets originated in Syria where Iran is believed to store large arsenals of weaponry including those intended for the Shiite militant groups Hezbollah.

“The rockets were flown from Syria to Iran, where they were loaded on the ship that then departed for Iraq where the arms concealed in boxes of cement,” Ynet reported.

Lerner told Reuters that the ship’s crew came from different countries and that there was no indication that they knew what the ship was carrying.


The Blaze news
written by Tiffany Gabbay
November 21, 2012

On Monday, TheBlaze revealed that an Iranian freighter carrying a cargo of short and long-range Fajr-5 rockets was bound for Gaza. Of course, it is no surprise that Iran has been supplying Hamas with the weapons and missiles the Islamic jihadist group has used against Israel. On Wednesday, in the wake of a newly announced cease-fire between Israel and Hamas-controlled Gaza, a member of Iran’s parliament, or Majlis, Ali Larijani, proclaimed how proud Iran is in providing military assistance to Hamas.

In an address to MPs during an anti-Israel demonstration, the Iranian Parliament member oozed with pride and pledged to continue supplying Hamas with weapons to use against the Jewish State:

“We are proud that our assistance was material and military in nature.”

“The Palestinian people do not need speeches and meetings, rather they are in need of a serious support. If countries want to be proud, they should provide military assistance to the Palestinian people,” he added.

Further, Palestinian Islamic Jihad leaders also admit missiles fired from Gaza come from Iran. MEMRI provides the translation from remarks made by Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Ramadhan Abdallah Shalah in a November 20 interview:
“With regard to the Iranian position – even if we have disagreements with Iran regarding the situation in Syria, I don’t think that we, as the Palestinian resistance, have disagreements with Iran regarding what is happening in Palestine, or regarding the Zionist aggression against the Gaza Strip. With regard to Palestine, we are in complete agreement with Iran. Iran has given us all the aid and all the support. The weapons that are fighting the Israeli aggression and arrogance in Palestine come mainly from Iran, as the entire world knows. This is no secret. These are either Iranian weapons or weapons financed by Iran.” [...]

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