Israeli navy intercepts ship carrying advanced weaponry. Antiaircraft missiles, munitions were destined for Lebanon
Posted on January 30, 2013 at 9:02 AM EST
By Aaron Klein
TEL AVIV — The Israeli navy intercepted a ship containing advanced weaponry destined for Lebanon, according to informed Middle Eastern security officials speaking to KleinOnline.
The security officials said the weapons seizure took place three weeks ago and has been kept under wraps until now.
The officials said the ship flew a Qatari flag and was registered to a Qatari company. They said the ship contained advanced weapons, including antiaircraft missiles.
Asked for comment, a¬†spokeswoman for the Israel Defense Forces said the incident is “not familiar” to the IDF.
The information of a purported seized weapons shipment comes amid foreign media reports that Israeli forces attacked a target on the Syrian-Lebanese border overnight believed to be a weapons convoy.
The alleged¬†attack¬†took place¬†during a period of growing concern over the fate of Syrian chemical and conventional weapons.
A spokeswoman for the IDF refused to confirm or deny the report.¬† “We do not comment on reports of this kind,” she said.
Earlier, Beirut’s news agency claimed that Israeli fighter jets conducted three separate aerial incursions into Lebanon’s airspace overnight, flying over the En Nakura area as well as the border village of Ramish.
The AFP quoted security sources today saying the Israeli air force bombed a weapons convoy just as it was crossing from Syria into Lebanon.