(JERUSALEM) -- Israel's navy is continuing to closely monitor two Iranian warships bound for Syria that crossed the Suez Canal Tuesday for the first time in 30 years.
Israel sees the Iranian move as a provocation and an attempt to expand its influence amid all the political turmoil in the Middle East. Now there are concerns in Israel that Iran is using the ships to smuggle arms in violation of U.N. sanctions.
A report in the Israeli paper Ma' ariv claims a weapons shipment has been stashed on the two Iranian warships heading to Syria meant for the militant Islamic group Hezbolllah. Relying on unnamed Israeli military sources, the report says rockets of various ranges, rifles and ammunition are on board.
Officials at Israel's Defense Ministry are not commenting on the report. Less than two years ago, Israel discovered 500 tons of weapons hidden in an Iranian shipment on a German freighter bound for Syria.
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