Iran to Syria – the deathly route of the Monchegorsk cargo.
A Wikileaks cable reveals that the ammunition arrived in Nicosia in 2009 on the Monchegorsk, a ship that was caught breaking UN sanctions by illegally carrying arms from Iran to Syria.
The cargo of high explosives was later offloaded in Limassol in February 2009 and stored in shipping containers – which exploded on Monday at the Evangelos Florakis base. The explosion caused another fire at Vassiliko electricity plant, one kilometre away from the base, collapsing its fuel tankers and cutting power supply to main parts of the island.
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Engineer Michael Falzon, who heads Enemalta’s fire section, has been recommended to form part of a delegation of six experts from European countries to assist the Cypriot authorities in assessing and evaluating the damage caused by an explosion at a naval base and a power station at Vasilikos.
The recommendation came from the Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC) of the European Civil Protection Mechanism.