Boat containing weapons found off Israel
JERUSALEM (CNN) -- The Israel Defense Forces said Monday they intercepted a boat containing weapons, including anti-aircraft missiles, off the coast of northern Israel, near Rosh Hanikra.
The Israelis claimed the missiles were intended for Palestinian forces in Gaza, but a Palestinian spokesman denied Palestinians were behind the shipment.
At a news conference Monday, Maj. Gen. Yedidya Ya'ari, Israel's chief of naval forces, said an air force plane saw a ship on Sunday that looked suspicious.
Israeli ships intercepted the 40-ton San Torini and found it loaded with arms.
Ya'ari said Lebanese smugglers departed with the boatload of weapons from northern Lebanon. Their plan was to put the arms into barrels and put them into the sea, where they were to be picked up by Palestinians, he said.
Ya'ari said an ongoing investigation has concluded the organization responsible for sending the material is the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Command, under the leadership of Ahmed Jibril.
"It's absolutely unfounded," said Saeb Erakat, a Palestinian cabinet minister. "This accusation is part of Israel's war against the Palestinian Authority."
The IDF said the cache included:
50 Katyusha rockets
Four SA-7 antiaircraft missiles
120 RKG anti-tank missiles
20 rocket-propelled grenade launchers
Two .60-mm mortars
98 .60-mm mortar bombs
62 TMA-5 land mines.
Eight TMA-3 land mines
24 hand grenades
30 Kalashnikov rifles
116 gun cartridges for the rifles
13,000 7.62-mm Kalashnikov bullets
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