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Spain denied port of call to ship carrying arms to Israel from India

Pro-Palestine protesters in Madrid, Spain

Spain has refused permission for an Israel-bound ship carrying arms from Chennai to call at the southeastern port of Cartagena, Transport Minister Oscar Puente said on Thursday. The ship is carrying nearly 27 tons of explosive material.

The Marianne Danica was carrying a cargo of arms to Israel and had requested permission to call at Cartagena on May 21, Puente said on X. The Danish-flagged ship was travelling to a port in Israel’s Haifa.

“This is the first time we have done this because it is the first time we have detected a ship carrying a shipment of arms to Israel that wants to call at a Spanish port,” Spain’s foreign minister José Manuel Albares said.

The reports come amid a row between the ruling parties over allowing the transit of vessels carrying arms to Israeli ports. Spain has been a vocal critic of Israel’s military invasion of Gaza in Europe.

Spain also halted arms sales to Israel after it launched a military onslaught on the Gaza Strip after the October 07 attack. The genocidal war has killed over 35,000 Palestinians in the besieged enclave with over 10,000 missing or stuck under the rubbles of flattened buildings.

Indian government’s Munitions India Ltd on April 18, applied to export ammunitions to Israel.

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