Spain denies port of call to ship carrying arms to Israel

Spain has refused permission for an Israel-bound ship carrying arms to call at the southeastern port of Cartagena, Transport Minister Oscar Puente says.

The Marianne Danica was carrying a cargo of arms to Israel and had requested permission to call at Cartagena on May 21, Puente tweets.

It was carrying nearly 27 tons in explosive material from India’s Madras, El Pais reports.

The Foreign Ministry, which Puente says denied the authorization, does not immediately reply to repeated requests for comment.

Danica Maritime, the company managing the Marianne Danica, does not immediately reply to a request for comment.

The reports come amid a spat between the ruling Socialists and their hard-left partners over allowing the transit of vessels carrying arms to Israeli ports.

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