Abu Hasan (boat)

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Abu Hasan
Part of the Arab-Israeli conflict and Second Intifada
Flickr - Israel Defense Forces - Abu Hasan- Weapons Smuggling Boat.jpg
Planned by Naval Ensign of Israel.svg Israeli Navy
Objective Seize boat and weapons
Date 21 May 2003
Executed by Shayetet 13
Outcome Successful Israeli naval interception

The Abu Hasan (also Abu Hassan) was a fishing vessel used to smuggle weapons into the Gaza Strip. The boat was intercepted and seized by the Israeli Navy on May 21, 2003.

According to the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the boat was sailing from Lebanon to Egypt carrying a Hezbollah explosives expert bound for Gaza.[1] The navy seized the vessel in international waters off the northern Israeli town of Haifa.[2] Also seized were compact discs with instructions on how to prepare explosives, a radio-activation system and detonators.[2]


  1. ^ "Seizing of the Abu Hasan". Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 22 May 2003. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Israel Says Explosives Expert was on Fishing Boat It Seized". The New York Times. 23 May 2003. Retrieved 29 June 2011.