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Controversy Erupts as Indian Ship Carrying Explosives Heads to Israel Amid Gaza Crisis

Amid escalating tensions in the Gaza Strip, a Danish-flagged cargo ship, the Marianne Danica, carrying 27 tons of explosive material from India, has been diverted to the port of Ashdod in Israel. The ship’s route has sparked controversy as it bypassed the Red Sea, where Yemen’s Houthi rebels are active, opting instead for a longer journey through the Mediterranean Sea.

The cargo, which includes precision munitions and potentially dirty bombs, is purportedly destined for use in the ongoing conflict in Rafah, where millions of Palestinians are residing in open camps. This revelation has stirred outrage as India, a major importer of Israeli weapons, stands accused of contributing to what many terms a humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

Earlier attempts to dock the Marianne Danica in Spain were rebuffed, with Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares citing a policy against facilitating arms shipments to Israel. This move underscores Spain’s stance on promoting peace in the Middle East rather than fueling conflicts through arms sales.

The nexus between India and Israel in the arms trade has come under scrutiny, with India reportedly importing billions of dollars worth of military equipment from Israel over the past decade. The collaboration between the two countries extends to joint ventures in drone manufacturing, with some of these lethal drones allegedly deployed by India in Israel’s current offensive in Gaza.

The controversy surrounding Marianne Danica’s journey coincides with another maritime dispute involving the Borkum, which is also slated to dock in Spain. While some claim the Borkum is carrying arms destined for Israel, Spanish authorities assert that the cargo is intended for the Czech Republic, not Israel.

Spain’s proactive stance against arms shipments to Israel aligns with its broader efforts to advocate for Palestinian rights and seek recognition for a Palestinian state. The country has halted arms sales to Israel in response to previous military actions in Gaza and continues to push for diplomatic solutions to the longstanding conflict.

This situation highlights the complex international dynamics at play, where strategic alliances and arms trade intersect with geopolitical tensions and humanitarian concerns. The ongoing scrutiny and opposition from various countries may influence future policies and actions regarding arms shipments to conflict zones.

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