Reporting from Jerusalem — The Israeli navy on Tuesday intercepted a Liberian-flagged cargo ship in the Mediterranean Sea that it said was carrying weapons destined for Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.
Israeli commandos intercepted the German-owned ship about 200 miles off Israel's coast. The ship began in Syria, stopped in Turkey and was believed to be heading to the Egyptian port of Alexandria, Israel Defense Forces spokesman Brig. Gen. Avi Benayahu told Israel Radio.
Israel did not say what evidence it had to suggest that the weapons were destined for Gaza.
The military, which routinely monitors the sea as part of its effort to stem the flood of illegal weapons into the region, had been tracking the ship for several days, officials said. Israel maintains a tight naval blockade around Gaza to prevent militants there from arming.
Naval forces said they boarded the vessel, the Victoria, without resistance from the crew and took the ship to the Israeli port of Ashdod for inspection.