Israeli Navy forces enter Eilat Port 3 days after intercepting ship of Iranian arms

 

The INS Hetz & INS Hanit docked at Eilat’s port after successfully executing operation ‘Full Disclosure’ to intercept & take custody of weapons shipment from Iran to Gaza via Sudan.

By Yoav Zitun

 

Israeli Navy ships INS Hanit and INS Hetz arrived at the Eilat Port Saturday afternoon after accompanying the Iranian weapons ship Klos C to Israeli shores. The ship was captured early Wednesday morning ferrying Iranian-made M-302 rockets bound for the Gaza Strip.

Israeli Navy ships entering Eilat Port after accompanying Klos C weapons ship (Photo: EPA)

Israeli Navy ships entering Eilat Port after accompanying Klos C weapons ship – Photo: EPA

The Iranian arms ship Klos C will dock in the southern city’s civilian port later Saturday.

Upon the arrival of Klos C to the civilian port, the elite IDF combat engineering unit Yahalom and Navy fighters will scan the dozens of containers onboard the ship and extract the dozens of long-ranged M-302 missiles that were planned to reach the Gaza Strip. The fighters will also examine whether the ship is carrying additional arms, such as mortars and machine gun ammunition.

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Israeli Navy ships entering Eilat Port after accompanying Klos C weapons ship (Photo: Meir Ohayon)

Israeli Navy ships entering Eilat Port after accompanying Klos C weapons ship – Photo: Meir Ohayon

A press conference exposing the weapons will be held on Monday. Foreign military attaches and ambassadors were invited to join the event.

Operation “Full Disclosure” to capture the Iranian arms shipment was conducted by elite troops from the Israel Navy’s Shayetet 13 unit, who boarded the ship in open waters on the maritime border of Sudan and Eritrea, some 1,500 km south of Israel.

Israeli Navy ships entering Eilat Port after accompanying Klos C weapons ship (Photo: Motti Kimchi)

Israeli Navy ships entering Eilat Port after accompanying Klos C weapons ship – Photo: Motti Kimchi

The Klos C Iranian vessel was sailing under a Panamanian flag, making its way to Sudan from Iran carrying a cargo of advanced rockets capable of reaching distances of up to 200 km.

Meir Ohayon contributed to this report.

 

View original Ynet publication at: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4496466,00.html

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