31 Jan 2009

Arms cargo reported aboard ship in Cyprus

10:00 am on 31 January 2009

Authorities in Cyprus have detained a vessel from Iran and are investigating whether it was carrying an illegal cargo of weapons.

Diplomatic sources said on Friday it was unclear where the ship was destined. The Haaretz newspaper in Israel said the vessel was loaded with weapons and heading to Syria when it was intercepted.

The paper reported the ship is suspected of carrying weapons destined for Hizbollah in Lebanon or for Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Haaretz said Cyprus acted after Israel and the United States requested that the vessel be stopped.