Victoria Raid 311.
(photo credit: IDF)
NEW YORK – Israeli Ambassador to the UN Meron Reuben sent a letter of complaint
to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council Friday after the IDF’s
interception of the ship Victoria and its cargo of weapons last
Reuben called on the Security Council to “take firm action to
prevent arms smuggling to terrorist organizations and to prevent the ongoing
illicit transfers of arms from Iran,” adding that “the latest incident reflects
a growing and intensifying pattern of grave breaches of binding Security Council
resolutions and international obligations by state sponsors of terrorism, namely
Iran and Syria.”
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contained containers with approximately 40
tons of military equipment, munitions and weapons, including antiship C-704
missiles, radar and fire control systems, mortar shells and small arms. Reuben
sent pictures of the ship’s contents along with his letters.
called the cargo “a direct and imminent threat to the safety and security of the
State of Israel and its citizens, who continue to suffer incessant rocket and
mortar attacks originating from the Gaza Strip.”
The letter references
numerous other instances of arms shipments by Iran and Syria, including RDX
explosives from Iran bound for Syria found in an Italian port in September 2010
and several containers of Iranian weapons from an operation led by the Iranian
Revolutionary Guards discovered a few months ago in Nigeria.
Syria continue to violate international maritime laws and guidelines, Reuben
said in his letter.
Israel expects the Security Council to discuss the
case of the Victoria
when it convenes in the next few days to discuss
implementation of the 90 day report of its Iran Sanctions Committee.