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Israel allegedly intercepts ship of weapons bound for Gaza
Israel allegedly intercepts ship of weapons bound for Gaza
An Israeli navy vessel is pictured off the country's northern coast on April 25, 2013 (AFP Photo/)
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Gaza, ALRAY - Israel Wednesday allegedly intercepted a ship in the Red Sea carrying Iranian weaponry bound for Gaza, AFP reported.

The Israeli military said the ship was carrying "advanced weaponry," including rockets "capable of striking anywhere in Israel."

"The Syrian-made weapons aboard the "Klos-C" were shipped overland to Iran and then onward towards Gaza by sea before being intercepted between Sudan and Eritrea." AFP quoted the army as saying.

The ship interception came just hours after the Israeli army claimed to have struck two Hezbollah fighters as they tried to plant a bomb near the Israeli-Syrian frontier.

It also came just over a week after the Jewish state reportedly bombarded Hezbollah positions inside Lebanon for the first time since the 2006 war, prompting a threat of retaliation.

Israeli attacks against Gaza have been on the rise during the last three months, repeatedly violating the November 2012 cease-fire agreement between Gaza-governing Hamas Movement and Israel.

As the Israeli army claims that it’s targeting Gaza militants, eight

Since late December 2013, eight civilian Palestinians have been killed, and about 80 injured, with six during January 2014, according to Ministry of Health in Gaza.

Gaza has been under an economic Israeli blockade since 2007.

The smuggling tunnels which Gazans were forced to rely on for their needs mainly of building material and fuels were semi-completely destroyed following Egyptian military’s disposition of president Morsi in July 2013.

The Egyptian authorities open the Rafah crossing only for two loose days on a 10-day basis since July 2013.

AFP contributed to this report.