Israeli Navy intercepts Iranian ship carrying missiles to Gaza

A missile in the shipment intercepted by the IDF in the heart of the Red Sea on Wednesday. Credit: Israel Hayom video screenshot.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Far from Israel's shores, in the heart of the Red Sea, the Israeli Navy on Wednesday intercepted a ship full of weaponry from Iran bound for Palestinian terrorist groups in Gaza.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, the weaponry on board included dozens of M-302 missiles, which have a range of 100-200 kilometers (62-124 miles). The weapons were hidden inside cement containers.

The weapons were originally flown from Syria to Iran. From Iran, they were shipped by boat to Iraq. The shipment was intercepted as it was being moved by boat from Iraq to Sudan, from where the weapons were to have been smuggled overland to Gaza.

The interception occurred shortly before the shipment was due to arrive in Port Sudan.

The Klos C ship, with a crew of 17, was boarded by Israeli naval forces around 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) south of Israel in the Red Sea, off the coast of Eritrea and Sudan. The crew put up no resistance and no one was injured in the operation.

The shipment was first discovered several months ago when Israeli intelligence learned of Syrian-made M-302 missiles being flown from the international airport in Damascus to Tehran, under the direction of Iran’s Al-Quds force.

"While Iran is conducting these [nuclear] talks, and smiling to the international community, it continues to arm terrorist groups, continues to perpetrate terrorism around the world. Such an outlaw regime must not be allowed the means to make atomic bombs," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

Posted on March 5, 2014 .