Entries in Suez Canal (2)


Iran Warships Cross Suez Canal

Photo Courtesy - US State Dept.(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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Enterprise Crosses Suez, Israel Claims Iran Sending Through War Ships

Photo Courtesy - U.S. State Department(WASHINGTON) -- The USS Enterprise transited the Suez Canal Tuesday en route to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet area to support combat operations in the region, according to the Navy.

"Our ability to use the Suez Canal in a routine manner and according to long-standing plans demonstrates the ongoing stability of this important waterway," said Rear Adm. Terry B. Kraft, commander, Enterprise CSG.

Meanwhile, Israel has claimed that Iran is sending two warships through the canal to the Mediterranean, although Egyptian authorities under control of the Suez say the claim is unsubstantiated, reports the BBC.

In a statement, Israel Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman called the movement of Iran warships a "provocation," although he offered no evidence that the ships would be crossing the canal.

According to the Suez Canal Authority, the last time Iranian warships passed through was in 1979.

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