Israel: 40 Rockets in Iran Shipment 03/09 13:38
EILAT, Israel (AP) -- Israel's military says a cargo ship it intercepted in
the Red Sea last week carried 40 rockets with a range of up to 160 kilometers
(100 miles) and dozens of mortar shells.
Israel has alleged the shipment was orchestrated by Iran and was intended
for Islamic militants in Gaza. An Egyptian security official said Sunday the
rockets might also have been intended for militants in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula,
which borders Gaza. Officials in Iran and Gaza militants have denied
involvement with the shipment.
The Panama-flagged vessel with a Turkish crew docked in Israel's port of
Eilat on Saturday and was unloaded Sunday.
Israel has used the interception to bolster claims that Iran remains
dangerous and that the world powers should break off negotiations with Tehran
over the country's nuclear program.