Israel: Naval raid seizes Gaza-bound Iranian arms

Israel: Naval raid seizes Gaza-bound Iranian arms

Israeli naval forces raided a ship in the Red Sea early Wednesday and seized dozens of advanced rockets from Iran destined for Palestinian militants in Gaza, the military said.

The ship, the KLOS C, was carrying Syrian-made M-302 rockets and was intercepted more than 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) south of Israel off the coasts of Sudan and Eritrea, military spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner told reporters.

He said the M-302 rockets have a range of up to 100 miles (160 kilometers) and would have significantly improved the capabilities of Gaza militants, putting nearly all of Israel in their range. The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah used M-302s in a 2006 war with Israel, the military says.

There was no immediate comment from Iranian officials about the Israeli claims.

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