Two Romanians onboard weapons ship bound for Hamas

‘Victoria,’ a ship intercepted off the Israeli coasts while carrying weapons for Hamas had two Romanians onboard: its commander and an officer, ‘Romania Libera’ informs. The information that a Romanian commander is onboard the weapons ship bound for Hamas captured by Israeli forces was confirmed by Adrian Mihalcioiu, International Transport Federation’s representative in Romania.

The ship, sailing under Liberian flag, was owned and operated by a French company. It had left Turkey heading for Egypt. According to the Israeli army, neither its commander nor its crewmembers were aware that there were weapons onboard. Mihalcioiu states that he found out from the ITF representatives in Israel that the two Romanians were debriefed along with the rest of the crewmembers and seven weapons containers were confiscated. The ship will be allowed to leave after the hearings end. Queried by Mediafax, the Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry pointed out that the intercepted ship and its crew is in Ashdod harbor for verifications and that the identity of the Romanian citizens onboard is not confirmed. Israel announced that Turkey has nothing to do with the weapons that likely came from Iran and were destined for Hamas in Gaza. 7 of the ship’s cargo of 39 containers contained weapons ranging from ammunition for assault rifles to mortar shells and Chinese-made S-704 anti-ship missiles that the Iranian army owns and that could be used against Israeli ships. (A. C.)

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