According to Turkish and Greek news outlets, a cargo ship containing thousands of guns and explosives headed towards Lebanon has been seized by Greek authorities.
The ship, named “Kukui Boy”, had left the port in Izmir, Turkey, destined for Lebanon. Greek authorities inspected the ship after it refused a warning stop and found thousands of undocumented weapons aboard.
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Interestingly, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) today issued a formal declaration that decried Lebanon’s ruling political party and military group Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation.
The GCC is a Sunni-dominated organisation, comprising Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, countries which have also placed their support firmly behind the jihadist terrorists throughout Syria trying to overthrow Assad’s government.
Hezbollah on the other hand, a Shia group supported by Iran, has supported the Syrian government in its war against terror, and the always colourful Secretary General of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, openly attacked Saudi Arabia for its war of aggression against Yemen just yesterday:
“The kingdom is trying to put pressure on the Lebanese to try to silent us but we will not be silent on the crimes the Saudis are committing in Yemen and elsewhere,”
“Does Saudi Arabia have the right to punish Lebanon, its state and its army because a certain party has decided to raise its voice?”
“If they have a problem with us, let them keep it with us, and let them spare Lebanon and the Lebanese.“
Could it be possible that this rogue cargo ship, bound for Lebanon, was carrying the weapons meant to be used in an uprising or coup d’état against Hezbollah?
The timing is seemingly perfect, and Saudi Arabia would likely claim that the people of Lebanon were rising up to destroy what they claim is a ‘terrorist group’.
A calculation of shipping routes suggests that it would take a little over two days to reach Beirut from Chania, meaning any potential violence could have erupted tomorrow at the earliest, the very day after the GCC’s declaration.
Turkey’s involvement in supporting terrorism in Syria means one does not have to make any great leap of faith to see that they would likely be involved in such a plot.
Turkey is essentially, for all intents and purposes, allied with Saudi Arabia when it comes to trying to overthrow Assad, so they too would have motive for wanting Hezbollah out of the picture.
Was a coup d’état just inadvertently avoided in Lebanon thanks to Greek port authorities?