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Ship carrying weapons seized en-route from Turkey to Libya, says coastguard


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Ship carrying weapons seized en-route from Turkey to Libya, says coastguard

Greek authorities have seized a ship carrying an undeclared shipment of weapons, en-route from Turkey to Libya.

That’s according to coastguard officials, who say the ‘Haddad1’ was raided by a patrol boat to the northeast of the Island of Crete. It was escorted to the port of Heraklion.

The United Nations has imposed an embargo on weapons shipments to Libya.

A Turkish foreign ministry spokesman has confirmed the cargo included weapons, but said it was fully documented and was destined for the Sudanese police force.

He added that the vessel was carrying building materials for Libya.

Libya is divided between two rival governments battling for control, leaving a security vacuum being exploited by migrant smugglers and Islamist militants.

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