Ship capsizing off Israeli port in Haifa 'not Turkish'

Turkish cargo ship has capsized off Israeli Port in Haifa, Israeli army radio said

Ship capsizing off Israeli port in Haifa 'not Turkish'



A cargo ship which capsized off Haifa Port in Israel at 2 a.m. on Saturday was not Turkish, an official from Israeli army said.

A spokesman from Israeli army said that the ship which sank off Haifa Port was not Turkish, but Israeli and was heading from Greece to the port.

Turkish transportation ministry maritime undersecretariat also said the ship "Salla 2" was not a Turkish-flagged one.

Earlier, Israeli army radio said a Turkish-flagged cargo ship has capsized off Haifa, on Saturday.

One crewman "Salla 2" was rescued, but 12 crew members were reported missing.

The news by Israeli army radio said that the ship capsized some 80 km off Haifa Port at 2 a.m. on Saturday.

Coast guard teams have been searching for 12 missing sailors.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said the Israeli navy and U.N. peacekeeping vessels stationed in Lebanon were searching for 12 missing sailors. She declined to give further details.

The U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon had no immediate comment.

The U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) has a naval task force that monitors Lebanese waters.

Agencies

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