TUNISIA IMPOUNDS TURKISH-OPERATED SHIP CARRYING MILITARY EQUIPMENT APPARENTLY BOUND FOR LIBYA

In an update on a story previously reported by Defence Web, the Arab Weekly on 4th March reported that Tunisian authorities have impounded a Turkish-operated ship, flying the Panama flag, transporting military vehicles, uniforms, transmission equipment and other supplies that would furnish a “camp of irregular military forces”, quoting a spokesman for Tunisian Customs.

No weapons were said to be aboard, but there were 66 military trucks of various types, 300 transmitter devices and 2 satellite transmission units, and armoured vehicles, including 2 cars said to be of the type usually used by military commanders.  The ship, said to belong to Turkish company Akdeniz RoRo Limited, was seized on February 14th off the coast of Tunisia.  The article claims another ship was stopped by Greece in January, also said to be en route for Libya with a load of explosives, and in 2015 the Greek authorities had intercepted a Turkish ship off Crete on the way to Libya with 500,000 bullets hidden under support equipment.

The article quotes the Russian Embassy in Tunis saying in a statement that the ship had sailed from the southern Russian port of Novorossiysk destined for Cameroon, but the article claims it routing does not support Cameroon being the genuine end destination.

https://thearabweekly.com/strange-cases-turkish-ships-north-africa

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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