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Weapons cargo from Iran destined for Yemen intercepted

The Arab Coalition fighting against groups backed by the regime in Tehran has intercepted a cargo ship coming from Djibouti to Yemen carrying military equipment under the guise of carrying medical supplies.

The coalition’s sources told Sky News Arabia on Sunday that when the ship that had the flag of the Marshall Islands was searched encrypted military communication equipment and other military hardware were found on board in containers originating from the port of Bandar Abbas in southern Iran.

Following its departure from the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas, the ship named 'Menburt Cedar', had temporarily docked in Djibouti. The ship was intercepted by the Saudi-led Coalition forces before reaching its destination, the Yemeni port of Hodeidah.

According to the sources the ship was taken to the port of Jizan in Saudi Arabia, where it was inspected in the presence of international observers who documented the whole process.

The Coalition forces fighting in Yemen in the past have seized a number of boats and ships as they attempted to smuggle weapons to Iranian-backed Houthi militias and the ousted president, Ali Abdullah Saleh.

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