Israel Intercepts Major Iranian Missile Shipment to Gaza, destined for Hamas

Navy commandos board ship in early morning operation; vessel carried advanced missiles with 200km range; Netanyahu: ‘This is the real Iran’

By Itamar Sharon and Times of Israel staff, March 5 2014
Israeli soldiers inspect a missile found on board Klos-C in a commando operation Wednesday morning, March 5. The military says the ship was carrying an Iranian arms shipment headed for Gaza (Photo credit: IDF)

IDF special forces on Wednesday, March 5, intercepted a ship in  the Red Sea carrying an Iranian arms shipment headed for the Gaza Strip,  Israel’s military said.

Israeli naval commandos from the elite Shayetet 13  unit boarded and took control of the “Klos-C” merchant ship, sailing under the  Panama flag, at around 5 a.m. They encountered no resistance and there were no  casualties reported on either side.

The army said soldiers carried out a preliminary  inspection of the ship and found several dozen advanced Syrian M-302 missiles,  with a range of up to 200 kilometers (125 miles) and a payload of up to 170  kilograms (375 pounds). The missiles were hidden in shipping containers also  carrying sacks of concrete [which is also banned, restricted by Israel].

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