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JERUSALEM, (Reuters) – An Israel-bound Turkish cargo ship has capsized in international waters some 80 km (50 miles) off the Lebanese shore and all but one of crew are missing, an Israeli military source said on Saturday.

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.

Israeli media identified the Turkish cargo ship as Salla-2. The Israeli military source declined to comment on those reports.

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 to prevent weapons from reaching the country’s Hezbollah guerrilla force, which fought a war with Israel in 2006.

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