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A ship called Bana

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10.02.2020

For those many daily commuters regularly taking the short ferry ride between Kadıköy and Karaköy, or Asia and Europe for tourists, the presence for days in a row of a beat up ro-ro ship at the docks of usually empty Haydarpaşa port was perhaps not worthy of attention. Yet, the Lebanese flag bearing ship was signalled as being “of interest” by many expert spotters. Those docks are seldom busy except the brand new ro-ro liners going back and forth to Ukraine and the half-burnt carcass of a gas tanker which was pulled there from the Strait of Kerch following an accident some months ago.

Bana, on her term, travelled numerous times from Istanbul to Misrata than to Genoa and so forth. Recently though, the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle sailed through the disputed eight parcel declared by Greek Cyprus and, “to add insult to injury”, also topped its flag displaying mission by monitoring the same Bana being escorted by Turkish navy fregates to Libya. Before AFP had time to break the news, President Macron had already denounced Turkey as breaching the UN imposed arms embargo to Libya. According to AFP, Bana carried mad in Turkey armoured vehicles to GNA (“Gov’t of Nat’l Accord”).

This was the same Mr. Macron who preferred to keep his mouth tightly shut when it comes to UAE, Saudi........

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