'Italian workers thwart Israeli arms shipment'
May 16 2021 11:39 PM
File photo of container carrier, the Asiatic Island that was supposed to be used for shipping arms t
File photo of container carrier, the Asiatic Island that was supposed to be used for shipping arms to the occupied territories (picture courtesy: presstv.com)

Dock workers in western Italy have reportedly planned to withhold their co-operation with a weapon shipment process aimed at further armament of the Israeli regime amid its bloodletting in the Gaza Strip.
The longshoremen in the port city of Livorno took the decision after finding out that they could be unwittingly aiding one such shipment operation, Italian online newspaper Contropiano reported.
The workers were tipped off that some of the containers they were supposed to load onto a vessel destined for the port city of Ashdod in the occupied territories, contained “weapons and explosives,” according to a report by presstv.com
They, therefore, decided to snub the process that involves a container carrier, dubbed Asiatic Island.
The “weapons and explosives…will be used to kill the Palestinian population already hit by a severe attack this very night that has caused (the deaths of) hundreds of victims among the civilian population, including many children,” the newspaper wrote.
It was referring to the recent serious escalation in the Israeli regime’s military assaults against Tel Aviv-blockaded Gaza.
Since Monday, when the escalation began, Israeli warplanes and later artillery units began laying into the coastal sliver, killing more than a 100 people there.
Most recently, an Israeli airstrike has killed 10 members of a Palestinian family, including eight children, in a refugee came in the besieged Gaza Strip.
According to the daily, the Italian shoreline is regularly used for stopovers by vessels that are headed towards the occupied territories.
No earlier than on Thursday, dozens of armoured vehicles were taken to the coastal city of Genoa in northwestern Italy in order to be likewise shipped to the occupied territories.
The workers, who planned to snub the shipping operation, also cited legitimate security concerns about the hazards involving handling of the weapon-laden containers, presstv.com added.

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