'More proof.' Netanyahu
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Barak aboard seized arms ship
Photo: Asaf Ravitz, Defense Ministry
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Some of shells found on ship
Photo: Avi Rokach

Netanyahu on seized arms ship: World must back Israel, pressure Iran

PM calls on international community to work towards blocking Tehran's 'criminal activity,' support Israel in 'fight against terrorists, their sponsors'

"Those who needed further proof that Iran is continuing to supply weapons to terror organizations got it today," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday evening following the capture of a ship carrying large amounts of weapons destined for Hezbollah in Lebanon.


According to IDF sources, the vessel, which was seized Tuesday night just hours after it left an Egyptian port en route to Syria, carried more than 3,000 weapons, including 106 mm shells, rockets 107 mm and 122 mm in diameter, hand grenades, mortar shells, anti-tank missiles, and ammunition for Kalashnikov rifles.


"Iran is sending these weapons to terror groups with the aim of hurting Israel and killing civilians," Netanyahu said in a statement.


"It is high time that the international community apply significant pressure on Iran to stop this criminal activity and support Israel as it defends itself against terrorists and their sponsors," he said. 


Defense Minister Ehud Barak toured the ship Wednesday evening. Navy Chief Major General Eli Marom briefed the minister about the manner in which the ship was seized, and the many arms found on board.


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