Lebanon halts ship “Carrying arms for Syria rebels”
The Lebanese navy has intercepted a Sierra Leone-registered ship carrying arms and ammunition reportedly destined for Syrian rebels, al Jazeera television said.
The ship’s crew were detained after three crates full of machine guns, artillery shells and rocket-propelled grenades were found on board the Luftfallah II earlier this week.
Lebanese military prosecutor Saqr Saqr said an investigation was underway.
A security official told al Jazeera the arms were intended for members of the rebel Free Syrian Army, which wants to oust President Bashar al-Assad by force.
The ship was en route from Libya to the port of Tripoli in northern Lebanon. Several of the arms were labelled as Libyan.
It is now being held at Selaata, a small port some 50 kilometers north of the Lebanon’s capital, Beirut.
The Syrian authorities have frequently complained that weapons are being smuggled from Lebanon into the country.
On Saturday, rebels in inflatable dinghies killed several securty officials in an attack on a Syrian military unit on the Mediterranean coast, state media reported.
The violence – believed to the first rebel attack from the sea – comes despite a UN-backed ceasefire in place since April 12.
Syria’s official news agency Sana said security forces repelled an a “infiltration attempt” by a “terrorist group” in Latakia province.
Both sides have accused the other of violating the truce – part of a six-point peace plan brokered by UN and Arab League envoy Kofi Annan.
Russia has condemned what it called “barbaric” attacks designed to scuttle Annan’s plan, saying the “terrorists” operating in Syria need a “decisive rebuff.”
why do i think that france and qatar are behind this?
the trail leads to libya..thats why..