Operation Full Disclosure

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Full Disclosure
Part of the Israel-Iran proxy conflict
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Official IDF photo showing operation Full Disclosure task force
Planned by Israeli Navy
Objective Seize merchant vessel KLOS C
Date 5 March 2014
Executed by Shayetet 13, INS Hanit, INS Hetz
Outcome Successful Israeli naval interception
A Syrian M-302 surface-to-surface missile smuggled beneath Iranian cement bags.
The Klos C (left).

Operation Full Disclosure (Hebrew: מבצע חשיפה מלאה‎‎) was a military operation carried out by the Israel Defense Forces on March 5, 2014 in the Red Sea.[1] After days of surveillance far out to sea, Israeli Navy Shayetet 13 commandos seized the Iranian-owned and Panamanian-registered merchant vessel Klos C that had set sail from Iran, heading for Port Sudan via Iraq.[2] On board, the commandos found long-range missiles destined for Gaza concealed in containers full of Iranian bags marked as Portland cement.[3] An unnamed senior Egyptian security official reportedly confirmed that the arms shipment was headed for militants in either Gaza or Sinai.[4] A UN panel of experts concluded that the weapons came from Iran and were being sent to Sudan, accusing Iran of violating the arms embargo.[5] United Nations Security Council Resolution 1929 authorizes states to seize items, including arms, that Iran is forbidden from exporting.

The operation was led by Major General Ram Rothberg, commander-in-chief of the Israel Navy, on board Sa'ar 5-class corvette INS Hanit. INS Hetz, a Sa'ar 4.5-class missile boat, also participated.[6]

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  1. ^ Operation Full Disclosure - Israel Defense Forces
  2. ^ "Iranian arms vessel captured by IDF docks in Eilat". The Jerusalem Post - JPost.com. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Iran weapons ship: Behind the scenes of IDF 'Operation Full Disclosure'". ynet. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Egypt: Iranian arms ship destined for Sinai or Gaza". ynet. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "UN experts confirm: Arms shipment seized by Israel in March came from Iran". The Jerusalem Post - JPost.com. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Yehoshua, Yossi (March 6, 2014). בראש הכוח עמדה אח"י חנית שנפגעה בלבנון. Ynet (in Hebrew). Retrieved September 27, 2014. 

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