Libya's Interior Ministry seized Iranian ship at Misrata port

Libya's Interior Ministry seized Iranian ship at Misrata port

April 27, 2019 - 19:43
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Interior Ministry of the Presidential Council's government said it had seized an Iranian vessel that is on the US and European Union's sanctions list in Makhtaf area near Misrata port.

The ministry said in a statement on Saturday that the Public Prosecutor had ordered the seizure of the vessel until the investigation into the shipment ends with no reports of illegal goods on board.

The statement added that the seizure of the ship came after news had broken on social media and media outlets that the Iranian vessel was entering Misrata port with unknown shipment on board.

"The ship turned to be SHARHR.KORD with the number 9270684 from Iran. The statement explained.

It also said that the Public Prosecutor was informed about the incident and then recognized upon investigation that the vessel was listed for sanctions by the UD and EU, adding that the ship had 144 containers on board.

Media outlets loyal to Khalifa Haftar claimed that the Iranian ship was bringing weapons and Iranian fighters to help Libyan Army forces under Presidential Council's government command in their fighting against Haftar's forces.