Israeli navy boards ship from Turkey after it was set on fire

June 10, 2019

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HAIFA: A cargo ship (left) is seen off the coast of this northern Israeli city on Sunday.—AP
HAIFA: A cargo ship (left) is seen off the coast of this northern Israeli city on Sunday.—AP

JERUSALEM: The Israeli military said on Sunday naval forces boarded a cargo ship off the coast that had been set on fire.

The military said it was alerted to an anchored ship off northern Israel whose hull was ablaze.

At the request of the ship’s captain, Israeli forces boarded and searched the ship. Hours later, the military said it apprehended a hidden passenger and transferred him to police for questioning.

Local media say the ship was making its way from Turkey to an Israeli port and that a stowaway tried to set the vessel ablaze, causing damage.

The ship was said to have sailed under a Panamanian flag.

The military says the incident is over and would provide no further details.

Published in Dawn, June 10th, 2019