US Navy intercepts ship laden with explosives after sailing from Iran

Today, Sunday, the US Navy announced the interception of a ship carrying 40 tons of agricultural fertilizer known to be a key ingredient in preparing homemade explosive devices, and the interception took place after the ship sailed from Iran.

The US Fifth Fleet, based in Bahrain, said that its guided missile destroyer USS Cool, and a patrol ship, intercepted a ship that did not fly the flag of any country, which was sailing from Iran on the route historically used to smuggle weapons to the Houthis in Yemen.

The US Navy added that it had intercepted the same ship in February 2021 in international waters near the Sea of ​​Oman, while it was transporting thousands of AK-47 assault rifles and RBG launchers.

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Al-Jazeera correspondent in Washington, Fadi Mansour, said that the interception took place last Tuesday, adding that the US Navy handed over the ship and its crew of 5 Yemenis to the Yemeni Coast Guard.

The reporter added that the US Navy is intensifying surveillance operations in the region to control the smuggling of arms shipments from Iran to the Houthis, and that it has been able to thwart several smuggling operations.

Al-Jazeera correspondent in Tehran Omar Hawash said that there is no official comment from Tehran regarding the US Navy’s announcement, whether from Iranian political or military circles.

The US military’s announcement comes at a time of rising tension in the region, after an attack launched a few days ago by drones and missiles carried out by the Houthis on targets inside Abu Dhabi, killing 3 people and prompting the Saudi-led coalition to launch air strikes on Yemen this week.

The Saudi-led coalition and international powers, including the United States, have repeatedly accused Iran of supporting the Houthis militarily, something Tehran denies.

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