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A RUSSIAN ship flying the Cyprus flag, suspected of carrying Iranian weapons to the outlawed Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip, yesterday remained moored two kilometers off the old Limassol port.

Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou said the authorities were still investigating the ship’s cargo.

Kyprianou said initial inspections on the vessel would be followed by a more thorough one today, adding that the media should not rush to publish false reports on the issue.

The vessel is being investigated after the US and Israel said it was suspected of carrying Iranian weapons to Gaza.

Russia, on the other hand, says it is a completely legal and commercial container.

The US government has asked for the ship to be investigated and its documents examined.

The ship, which according to reports was heading from Iran to Syria, was forced by the US navy to moor in Cyprus.

According to CyBC, the vessel is expected to remain off the coast for the next two days, until a decision is taken on the matter.

Cyprus Mail, February 1, 2009|||Suspected arms ship moored off coast
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