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.
Seizure of the Iranian missile ship KLOS C Wednesday, March 6,2014 occurred on the Red Sea shortly before the entrance to the Port Sudan.
Dozens of Syrian-made 302mm rockets were reported to be carried by the ship. The Israel Defense Force claims the seizure stopped a situation that would have put the security of the State of Israel at risk, but also claimed their operation is not over.
Israel Navy Commander reports to Chief of the General Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz from the Klos-C, an Iranian vessel that had attempted to transfer a weapons shipment to terrorist organizations in Gaza.
On the morning of March 6, 2014, the IDF intercepted an Iranian shipment of rockets to terrorist organizations in Gaza.
Israel Navy forces identified the target, and upon arrival requested to board. With the full consent of the crew, the IDF soldiers opened a number of containers on board the ship. They discovered a substantial amount of weapons hidden behind bags of cement.
Israel Defense Forces (IDF): Last night, following extensive preparations, the IDF special naval forces boarded the Klos-C, in accordance with international law, and carried out a preliminary inspection of the cargo. They found weaponry that terrorist organizations can use against Israel and its civilian population [NO AUDIO].
In 1909 Port Sudan was founded by the British as the terminus of a railway linking the Red Sea to the River Nile. Today Port Sudan is the capital of Sudan, and the Sudan’s main port city.
Sudan’s predominant religion is Islam, and the Sudanese legal system is based on Islamic law.
November 3, 1997, the U.S. government imposed a trade embargo against Sudan and a total asset freeze against the Government of Sudan under Executive Order 13067. The U.S. believed the Government of Sudan supported international terrorism, destabilized neighboring governments, and permitted human rights violations. U.S. corporations are prohibited from investing in the Sudan oil industry, so companies in China, Malaysia and India are the major investors.
The Sudan sanctions program began in 1997 when the President issued Executive
Order (“E.O.”) 13067, which imposed a comprehensive trade embargo on Sudan and
blocked the assets of the Government of Sudan. In 2006, the President issued
E.O. 13400, which targets those involved in the conflict in Sudan’s Darfur
region. Later that year, the President issued E.O. 13412, which exempted the
then-regional Government of Southern Sudan as well as certain specified areas
from most of the prohibitions under the Sudan sanctions program. Following
South Sudan’s independence from Sudan in July 2011, the Treasury Department’s
Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) authorized all activities relating to
the petroleum and petrochemical industries in the Republic of South Sudan, to
the extent they were otherwise prohibited, as well as the transshipment of
goods, technology, and services through Sudan to or from the Republic of South
US Department of Treasury Sudan Sanctions