During the so-called Gaza flotilla last summer, I pointed out that the main goal was to bust the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza, in which ship heading for Gaza would be inspected for weapons, to open up sea lanes for shipping large quantities of weapons to Gaza.
There is a long history of ships attempting to bring weapons to Gaza, including the Francop and the Karin A. Often the weapons have to be unloaded in the Sinai and then smuggled through tunnels because of the Israeli blockade. If the ships could dock directly in Gaza, they would be able to carry weapons of a size which could not fit through the smuggling tunnels.
The participants in the Gaza flotilla were the usual collection of Islamists and agent provocateurs, and leftist useful idiots who provided political cover.
The Israel Defense Forces revealed today that it had intercepted a ship containing large quantities of weapons which originated in Syria, and stopped along the way in Turkey, heading towards Egypt, with the weapons intended for Hamas (via Israel Matzav):
The IDF seized a freighter ship with dozens of tons of weaponry from Iran headed for Hamas in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday.
The ship, known as Victoria, was flying a Liberian flag, and was seized by the navy in the Mediterranean Sea, 200 miles off of Israel’s coast.
The Victoria was boarded by commandos from the Israeli Navy’s Flotilla 13, also known as the Shayetet, and is expected to arrive in the Ashdod port on Tuesday evening.
An initial inspection of the cargo revealed the ship was carrying weapons. The exact amount is to be determined.
The IDF says that Turkey was not involved in the weapons shipment.