Syria bound ship carrying weapons stopped in Greece

Greek coastguard intercepts vessel.
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The Greek coastguard has intercepted and detained a ship carrying up to 20,000 Kalashnikov rifles and a large amount of explosives in Greek waters. The cargo ship has been escorted to Rhodes port.

As coastguards detected the cargo ship Nour M suspicions were raised as the Sierra Leone flagged vessel has been linked to smuggling.

Reports from Greece suggest there is evidence the weapons cargo was due to be split between Syria and Libya.

It’s been reported the ship attempted to sail towards the Turkish coast to avoid interception.

The ship is said to have sailed from the Ukrainian port of Nikolaev and documentation showed it was heading to Libya. However the Turkish captain claimed the ship's destination was the Turkish port of Iskendern, while other documentation indicated it was going to Syria.

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