On March 5, IDF forces intercepted an Iranian weapons shipment intended for terrorist organizations operating in the Gaza Strip.
Following extensive preparations and in accordance with international law, the Israel Navy intercepted the KLOS-C last Wednesday 1,500 kilometers from Israel. Once on board, Naval forces discovered a large Iranian weapons shipment intended for Gaza terrorists. The shipment included powerful M-302 rockets capable of striking almost any point in Israel, including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
Upon its arrival in Israel, a combined task force unloaded and inspected the weapons shipment. The forces discovered 40 long-range M-302 rockets, 181 mortar shells and approximately 400,000 7.62 caliber rounds.
Iran attempted to hide its involvement in the weapons shipment, but the evidence is clear. The containers have Iranian authenticity seals on them, including seals of the Iranian postal company. Several bags of cement, clearly marked as coming from Iran, concealed the contents of the weapons shipment. Although 100 of the 150 containers were transferred from Iran to Iraq, the shipment’s loading form was modified to make it appear as if the shipment came from Iraq directly. It is clear that Iran was trying to hide its involvement in any form.
Though UN Resolution 1747 forbids Iran from engaging in arms smuggling, this was the latest in a long line of Iran’s attempts to ship weapons to terror groups in the region. Had previous attempts been successful, they would have armed local terror organizations with vast amounts of high-quality weaponry.
Iran’s intentions are clear and simple: to help Gaza terrorists attack Israel and threaten millions of civilian lives.