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Turkey refused Israeli request to intercept cargo vessel bound to Gaza Strip

GAZA, March 16 (KUNA) -- Israel affirmed Wednesday that Turkey refused an Israeli request to intercept the "Victoria" cargo vessel which, according to Israeli sources, carried weapons being smuggled to help Palestinian activities in the Gaza Strip.
According to Maariv Israeli newspaper, Israel requested Ankara to intercept the cargo vessel, a request which Turkey flatly refused.
Israel had stopped the ship which was hoisting the Turkish and Liberian flags, indicated the newspaper, adding that the cargo consisted of weapons suspected to be shipped to Palestinian factions.
Israel, however, did not hold any of the two states accountable for the items discovered on the ship, indicated the newspaper.
Meanwhile, the Jerusalem post indicated that a cargo vessel, intercepted early Tuesday morning, contained Chinese-made anti-ship missiles and other kinds of weaponry.(end) mzt.gta KUNA 161008 Mar 11NNNN