Report: German ship halted with weapons for Syria
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Report: German ship halted with weapons for Syria

Vessel suspected to be carrying Iranian arms bound for Damascus regime stopped in Mediterranean Sea, says Der Spiegel

The Mediterranean Sea. (photo credit: Tsafrir Abayov/Flash90)
The Mediterranean Sea. (photo credit: Tsafrir Abayov/Flash90)

BERLIN (AP) — The German government says it’s looking into a report that weapons bound for the Syrian regime were loaded onto a German-owned ship.

Der Spiegel weekly reported Saturday the Atlantic Cruiser was halted in the Mediterranean after its owners were warned it was suspected to be carrying Iranian military equipment to Tartus, Syria.

Der Spiegel quoted shipping agent Torsten Lueddeke of Hamburg-based C.E.G. Bulk Chartering as saying: “We stopped the ship after we received information on the weapons cargo.”

He said the ship was chartered to Ukraine-based White Whale Shipping, and they said the ship was carrying pumps and similar equipment.

Neither C.E.G. nor the ship’s owner were immediately reachable. The German Economy Ministry said it looks into all suspected embargo breaches but didn’t yet have details of the case.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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