Cairo Detains Iranian Arms Ship

Ad Feedback - SUEZ CANAL, Egypt - An Iranian freighter has not been allowed to cross through the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean.

The ship, believed to be carrying weapons for Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip, remains docked in the Red Sea.

"This is a big test for the Egyptians," an Israeli defense official said.

"So far the Egyptians have prevented the ship from crossing the Suez and we hope it will stay that way," he said.

According to Israeli officials, terror-sponsoring Islamic countries like Iran use two main routes to smuggle weaponry into Gaza.

"Some of the weaponry comes by ground from Somalia, Sudan and then into Egypt and through a tunnel into Gaza, while some come by boat," one official said.

The ships usually unload their cargo in the Egyptian Sinai's Port Said, from where its transported over land to the smuggling tunnels.

Some shipments are packed in waterproof containers and dropped off the Gaza coast to be picked up by Palestinian fishing vessels.

Defense officials said Egypt appears to be trying to prevent huge shipments of explosives and weaponry, which have arrived in the Sinai since the end of Operation Cast Lead, from reaching their destination in the Gaza Strip.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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