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Lebanon impounds ship carrying 'weapons for Syrian rebels'

Beirut , Sun, 29 Apr 2012 ANI

Beirut, Apr 29 (ANI): Lebanese authorities have reportedly detained a Sierra Leone-registered ship that was allegedly carrying weapons for Syrian rebels.

The 11-crew members were detained after three shipping containers full of heavy and light weapons were found on the Lutfallah II, The BBC reports.

According to the report, the consignment was believed to be destined for the rebels in Syria.

The ship reportedly began its voyage from Libya, stopped off in Alexandria in Egypt, and then headed for the port of Tripoli in northern Lebanon before it was intercepted.

It is now being held at the port of Salaata near Beirut.

According to the report, the ship's owner said it was due to unload in Tripoli, northern Lebanon.

Tripoli is a hotbed of support for the Syrian opposition, and Damascus authorities have frequently complained about arms being smuggled from the areas into the country. (ANI)


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