Israeli navy takes over cargo ship after suspects light fire on board
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Israeli navy takes over cargo ship after suspects light fire on board

IDF says suspect held after search of vessel that arrived off Haifa coast from Turkey; incident thought to be criminal; Turkish consul reportedly to meet with detained national

Israeli naval forces were dispatched Sunday morning to a cargo ship off the coast of Haifa following an attempt to damage the vessel.

The Israel Defense Forces said it received a report overnight from a foreign ship anchored near the coast that a fire was started on board by “unidentified elements.”

By the early afternoon, it announced troops had taken control of the ship and searched the vessel together with police.

“During the searches the soldiers caught an unlisted passenger who was handed over to the Israel Police,” the IDF said. “The incident is over.”

The Turkish consul will meet with the detained passenger, the Ynet news site reported.

The ship, the MSC Canberra, was a few kilometers from Haifa. The Kan public broadcaster reported it arrived from the port of Mersin in southern Turkey and was flying a Panamanian flag.

The incident was suspected to be criminal and not terror related.

There were no reports of injuries.

Further details of the incident were barred from publication by the military censor.

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