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Report: U.S. stopped Iranian arms ship

JERUSALEM, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. warships in the Gulf of Suez intercepted a German-owned cargo ship transporting arms from Iran to Syria, a report said.

The German daily Der Spiegel reported Monday Iran's state-owned shipping company chartered the ship, the Hansa India, which was en route to Syria.

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The report said the ship was boarded, and seven containers of bullets suitable for Kalashnikov rifles and an eighth container of cartridges suitable for the manufacture of additional rounds were found.

The raid took place earlier this month after the U.S. military received an intelligence tip, the newspaper said.

Investigators suspect the arms were part of an Iranian shipment bound for either the Syrian Army or Hezbollah, the report said.

The arms transport violated U.N. Security Resolution 1747, which prohibits weapons shipments in and out of Iran, the newspaper said.

Following intervention by the German government, the ship was permitted to dock in Malta where the ammunition was secured, the German paper said.

The German shipping company Leonhardt and Blumberg said the ship has been chartered for years to Iran Shipping Lines, the paper said.

Details of the raid were reported in the Israeli press Tuesday.

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