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Navy Arrested Major Weapons Smuggling Operation on High Seas

If there is any question why Israel has enforced a maritime cargo on the Gaza Coast, it was removed with the release of a gag order that the Navy stopped a weapons smuggling ship in the Red Sea.
The Israeli Navy stopped a ship in the Red Sea with an unspecified number of weapons

The Israeli Navy stopped a ship in the Red Sea with an unspecified number of weapons
Photo Credit: IDF

The Israeli Navy has foiled an apparently major weapons smuggling operation in the Red Sea and arrested suspects for questioning, according to security forces who lifted a gag order Tuesday on the eight-month-old counterterrorist operation.

The IDF added that the suspects have been released. Israeli media reported that they probably are from Yemen, which raises the possibility that the smugglers are connected with Taliban or Al Qaeda.

The length of the investigation and gag order  before the announcement indicates that the arms and weapons were heavy-duty, possibly anti-tank or anti-aircraft missiles.

The Red Sea borders Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Egypt, Jordan and the Sinai Peninsula, as well as reaching the port of Eilat.

Security officials were tight-lipped about the capture of the ship and weapons, but it is a good guess that the weapons were destined for terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula, possibly for smuggling into Gaza.


About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.

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One Response to “Navy Arrested Major Weapons Smuggling Operation on High Seas”

  1. Yechiel Baum says:

    Isn't the USA and other "peace keepers" with all of their high techs patrolling the Red Sea and it took little Israel to "discover" these terrorist? Makes us all wonder where our tax dollars are going and if our Navy is employed by the Taliban?

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