A captured ship that Israel says carried advanced rockets bound for fighters in the Gaza Strip arrived at the southern port of Eilat on Saturday. Officials in Iran and Gaza have denied being involved with the shipment. (March 8)
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Eilat, Israel - March 8, 2014
1. Various of captured ship "KLOS C" arriving into port, escorted by Israeli naval vessels
2. Various of Israeli security forces wearing balaklavas on deck of ship
3. Shipping containers onboard the captured ship, Israeli flag waving in foreground
A captured ship Israel says carried advanced rockets from Iran bound for Gaza militants arrived to port Saturday, where authorities prepared its cargo for a public display Israel hopes will step up pressure on world powers as they negotiate with Tehran over its nuclear program.
The KLOS C freighter sailed into Israel's southern Eilat port accompanied by naval vessels and masked commando forces that seized it days earlier in the Red Sea. Israel says the ship was packed with dozens of Syrian-made M-302 rockets that would have put Israel's biggest cities well within reach of Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. It accuses Iran of orchestrating the delivery in an elaborate 5,000-mile (8,000-kilometer) journey that included covert stops across the region.
Officials in Iran and Gaza have denied being involved with the shipment. But in an interview with Israel Channel 10 TV aired Saturday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that once the ship was fully unloaded "the truth will come out." Israel plans to unveil the cache Monday with the country's leaders in attendance.