Meanwhile, the Israeli military spokesman Brig. Gen. Moti Almoz insisted that there are “clear and unequivocal information” that the weapons came from Iran. (AP, 6 March)
The ship, KLOS C, is being escorted to the Israeli port of Eilat, and is expected to arrive on Saturday. The Israelis have said that their preliminary inspection of the ship has turned out that it was transporting dozens of M-302 rockets, which have a range of 150km to 200km (93-124 miles).
The Israelis say that they have followed the weapons shipment for several months as they were flown from Damascus to Tehran and then taken to a port in Bandar Abbas for shipment to Sudan, and from there to Gaza.
Meanwhile, the Sudanese foreign ministry today denied any knowledge that the ship heading to Port Sudan had contained weapons.
Photo credit: This photo released by the Israel Defense Forces shows a missile on board KLOS C that was intercepted on Wednesday, 5 March 2014. (IDF/AP)