Barak: Weapons on Victoria could include anti-ship missiles

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March 15, 2011 18:08




The Victoria cargo ship, which was carrying weaponry from Iran to Hamas in the Gaza Strip, was suspected of carrying anti-ship missiles that would have impaired the Israel Navy's freedom of operations in the Mediterranean Sea, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Tuesday.

According to Barak, one of the reasons that the Navy seized the ship early Tuesday morning was out of concern that if the cargo arrived in Gaza, Israel would have difficulty operating along the Gaza coast.

"We suspected that it was carrying the beginning of a system that could impair our operational freedom along the Gaza coast," Barak told reporters.

During the Second Lebanon War in 2006, Hezbollah fired a Chinese missile called C-802 supplied by Iran at the INS Hanit, killing four Israeli soldiers and severely damaging the advanced missile ship.


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