Iranian frigate (warship) 'IS Alvand' in Suez AP 311.
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DAMASCUS, Syria — Two Iranian warships arrived at Syria's Latakia seaport on Thursday, according to an eyewitness report.
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The ships arrived Thursday afternoon. The witness spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.
The two Iranian vessels sailed through the Suez Canal and into the
Mediterranean this week, the first such trip in at least three decades.
The voyage has raised tensions with archrival Israel and could further
destabilize the Middle East. The region already is reeling from an
unprecedented wave of anti-government rebellions.
The chief of Iran's navy on Wednesday rejected Israeli criticism, saying
the vessels pose no threat to the region. Iran has said the ships are
in Syria for a training mission.