Of­fi­cials eye ships car­ry­ing guns to Libya via Aegean

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Greek and Euro­pean se­cu­rity of­fi­cials are con­sid­er­ing an in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion of in­spec­tions in the Aegean and eastern Mediter­ranean amid fears that large con­sign­ments of guns and ex­plo­sives are be­ing shipped to branches of the Is­lamic State in Libya, Kathimerini un­der­stands.

In one re­cent in­ci­dent, at the end of May, Greek Coast Guard of­fi­cers stopped the Sierra Leone­flagged cargo ves­sel Leith off the coast of Zakyn­thos for an in­spec­tion. Three days ear­lier the ves­sel had left the Al­ba­nian port of Dur­res for Libya. In the end, the X-ray ma­chines gen­er­ally used to in­spect cargo proved in­ad­e­quate to check the 2,700 tons of ce­ment aboard the Leith and the ship con­tin­ued its jour­ney to Libya de­spite sus­pi­cions that it was car­ry­ing guns for IS. An­other re­cent in­spec­tion fo­cused on a Togo-flagged ves­sel that left the Turk­ish port of Mersin for the Libyan port of Mis­rata. Un­til re­cently, the ship was listed as be­long­ing to a Le­banon-based com­pany that has been in­ves­ti­gated for gun run­ning.

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