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Iran denies shipping arms to Gaza

A handout picture released by the Israeli Army shows a missile on an intercepted ship in the Red Sea on March 5, 2014 carrying what Israeli military says was Iranian "advanced weaponry" bound for Palestinian militants in Gaza. AFP PHOTO / ISRAELI ARMY / HO

TEHRAN: An Iranian official denied an Israeli report that Tehran had sent "advanced weaponry" for Palestinian militants in Gaza on a ship intercepted by Israel in the Red Sea on Wednesday.

"We completely deny this report which is totally without foundation," an unnamed military official said, quoted on state-run Iranian television's Arabic-language Al-Alam channel.

Israel said earlier that its navy had intercepted a cargo vessel in international waters between Sudan and Eritrea that was carrying "an Iranian shipment of advanced weapons".

The Syrian-made weapons were shipped overland to Iran and then onward towards Gaza by sea, it said.

Israel has accused Iran of trying to establish similar supply lines by sea to Palestinian militants in Gaza, who have fired dozens of rockets at the Jewish state since the start of 2014.

 

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