Updates: More information about seized Iranian arms ships
The Israeli Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center recently released more information about Iran’s efforts to strengthen Shi’ite terrorist groups in Lebanon (Hezbollah) and Yemen (Houthi Shi’ite).
On October 26, 2009, Yemen announced that it seized an Iranian ship named Mahan-1loaded with mostly anti-tank weaponry destined for the Houthi Shi’ite terrorist group. The Mahan-1 had set sail from the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas. ….
On November 3, 2009, the Israeli Navy stopped an arms shipment on its way from Iran to Syria, destined for Hezbollah in Lebanon. The weapons were being transported by the cargo ship MV Francop, which was flying the Antigua and Barbuda flag, and was rented by UFS (United Feeding Services), a Cypriot freight delivery company. The weapons were delivered from Iran and unloaded at the Egyptian port of Damiat, where they were transferred to the MV Francop on November 2-3 and dispatched to the Syrian port of Latakia, with scheduled stops at Limassol, Cyprus, and Beirut, Lebanon. About 500 tons of weapons were seized, hidden in 36 containers. The arms included thousands of 107mm and 122mm rockets, 106mm recoilless artillery shells, hand grenades and various types of light weapon ammunition. ….
The two recent interceptions show that, as far as Iran is concerned, the sea remains the route of choice for large-scale arms shipments from Iran to conflict zones in the Middle East and elsewhere.