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Greek coastguards guard the Sierra Leone-flagged vessel ?Nour M? at the port of the eastern Aegean Sea island of Rhodes on Nov. 8. AP photo

Greek coastguards guard the Sierra Leone-flagged vessel ?Nour M? at the port of the eastern Aegean Sea island of Rhodes on Nov. 8. AP photo

The Greek coastguard on Nov. 9 intercepted a Sierra Leone-flagged cargo ship in the southeastern Aegean Sea with around 20,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles on board, officials said.

The cargo ship, Nour M, was taken to the island of Rhodes where its Turkish captain and seven crew members were placed under arrest, coastguard sources said.

In a statement, the coastguard said efforts to give a full account of the firearms and ammunition on board the cargo ship were ongoing.

"The exact destination of the arms and ammunition has yet to be verified," the coastguard statement said.

The state-run Athens News Agency reported that the vessel, which was intercepted near the Greek island of Symi, had set sail from Ukraine and was destined for the Turkish port of İskenderun.

Aside from the firearms, it was also allegedly carrying a large quantity of explosives, ANA said.

The agency noted that the ports of Tartus in Syria and Tripoli in Libya had also been declared as destination ports to marine traffic systems, while İskenderun was declared as the destination port by the ship's captain.

The Nour M is also believed to have been used in the past for drug trafficking, ANA said.

November/08/2013

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Buck Redstone

11/11/2013 2:13:41 PM

Call Barry Hussein, isn't his policy to arm Syrian rebels? What better way than some quality Ukranian AK's! Well except maybe for some shoulder fired anti-aircraft missiles like the ones the Benghazi catastrophe was all about.

K M

11/10/2013 4:08:21 AM

@Murat: If it ere US sanctioned, would Greece have stopped the ship?

turkic voice

11/10/2013 12:31:44 AM

good Job by Greece. defiantly congratulations worthy. thank you Spartans for saving the Syrians from more violence. Greece should keep the guns to.

ilker avni

11/9/2013 9:54:41 PM

You cant trust greek media or officials,no law against shipping arms,shipping companies allow arm shipments,consignor was in ukrain,consignee was in libya,which means this was only news when captain was turkish origin,otherwise not news.

vural korkmaz

11/9/2013 7:39:53 PM

Many thanks to Greece for that good work. Turkish government, pre-occupied with headscarf and co-ed education, only produces hot air in that matter. 20,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles plus all the ammunition, made to kill people (most likely innocent people), are good income for bloody Russian fat cats. Kalashnikov assault rifle has been a major Russian contribution to world's unrest for the past 60 plus years causing only misery to innocent people Russians should not be proud of.

Jim Phipps

11/9/2013 5:55:05 PM

Good job. Arms traffickers caught.

STONE OWL

11/9/2013 5:34:17 PM

It set sail from Ukraine? This means it had to pass through the Bosphorus AND the Canakkale Strait...and no one checked the cargo there? really? hmmmmm

Murat

11/9/2013 4:12:05 PM

No business like arms business! That rust bucket does not look capable of carrying that many rifles though. How many such ships docked at Iskenderun? Was this sanctioned by US and Turkey and Ukraine? We will never know.

turk oz

11/9/2013 6:17:33 AM

No doubt it was on its way to Syria..Great work Greek authority...Recep still insists on delivering the arms to Syrian opposition. Some countries all awake but Turkish army or police are taking a long nap under the orders of Prime minister RTE...
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