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Iranian warships 311 Reuters.
naval vessels that sailed through the Suez Canal last month to the
Mediterranean Sea have returned to the Red Sea, AFP quoted Iranian
naval commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayari on Saturday. "The
flotilla...has completed its mission successfully in the Mediterranean
Sea and has returned to the Red Sea transiting through the Suez Canal,"
official Iranian IRNA news agency reported.
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made a "10-12 hour transit" through the canal, and that the vessels
carried a message of "peace and friendship to friendly countries,"
according to Sayari. "The Zionist regime and other enemies could not take any actions against us whatsoever," Sayari added. Coinciding with political turmoil in Egypt and elsewhere in the Arab
world, Iran's decision to send warships close to Israeli territory has
rattled politicians in the Jewish state.The ships arrived on Feb. 23 in Syria, an ally of Iran, after passing through the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean, the
first Iranian navy vessels to do so since Iran's 1979 Islamic
"The Iranian ships will cross the canal with the
convoy starting in the north from the Mediterranean," a canal official,
who asked not to be named, told Reuters on Wednesday.
By ANNA AHRONHEIM
By ADAM RASGON
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