There are some important things to know about the Iranian cargo shop Iran Shahed, which left Bandar Abbas, Iran on 11 May and expects to get to the Houthi-held port of Hodeidah, on the Red Sea, on 20-21 May. Iran claims the ships is carrying only humanitarian-aid cargo.
1. The ship itself is on the U.S. Treasury list of vessels and shipping entities under sanction due to complicity in arms proliferation.
On 5 March, Israeli forces stopped and boarded a freighter in the Red Sea, KLOS-C, which was carrying a cargo of battlefield rockets from Iran to Port Sudan. The crew of the ship doesn’t appear to have known what was loaded in Iran; more on that later. Sudan has of course served for years as a waypoint for Iranian arms deliveries to Gaza. (See The Tower on this as well.)
This is as good a time as any to deal with two reports floating in the infosphere. One is that China has moved warships off the coast of Syria, an allegation sourced to a Russian website, Telegrafist.org.