Israel claims to intercept Palestinian arms shipment at sea
Israeli naval commandos intercepted on Wednesday a fishing boat, dubbed "Abu Hassan", loaded with weapons directed from Lebanon to Palestinian fighters. The boat was seized some 160 kilometers off the northern Israeli coast, Israeli military sources claimed Thursday, according to Israel Radio.
The vessel was held in Haifa along with eight crew members, including two Hizbullah men, Al Arabiya TV station reported.
At the outset of 2002, Israeli authorities announced that a ship carrying 50 tons of rockets, mines, anti-tank missiles and other munitions bound for the Palestinian Authority was intercepted off the coast of Sudan.
The ship, dubbed Karine A, a 4,000-ton freighter owned by the PA and skippered by PA naval policemen, was boarded by Israeli naval commandos some 500 nautical miles from Israel. (Albawaba.com)