2 Iranian warships begin passage through Suez Canal

Canal officials say 2 vessels begin passage through waterway marking 1st time since 1979 that Iranian military ships have transited canal.

By JPOST.COM STAFF, ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 22, 2011 09:05
Iranian warship IIPA Alborz [file]

iran warship 311. (photo credit: Associated Press)

Two Iranian naval vessels began crossing the Suez Canal Tuesday, canal authorities said.

The officials did not release any further information regarding the transit of the ships.

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The ships were on their way to dock in Syria.

The ships are expected to pay a fee of $290,000 for the crossing, officials said Monday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.

If the ships complete the passage, it would mark the first time in three decades that Iranian military ships have traveled the canal that links the Red Sea to the Mediterranean.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman made clear last week that Israel views the passage as a provocation.


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