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Sudan-bound Ship Detained

santiago shipThe 'Santiago', a Barbuda-flagged ship bound for Sudan and Singapore, has been detained by port authorities who are inspecting the vessel for illegal weapons, said police.

Spokesman Michalis Katsounodos said that the ship's cargo has been anchored off Limassol since June 11th after it requested refueling. According to a Sudanese government spokesman, the ship is carrying 251 tonnes of explosives for gold mining purposes.

The equipment on board the ship, suspected to be military equipment, has to be certified as legal, said Katsounodos in comments to the press. Until the certification process is completed, the ship will remain in detention.

Media reports claiming that the authorities were tipped off by US sources is not true, said Cyprus police.

The UN and EU have arms embargos on military equipment supplies to Sudan amid a civil war over oil reserves in the north of the country. So far, 1.5 million people have died in the conflict.

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