Iranian navy chief rejects criticism of warship visit

DAMASCUS, Syria — The chief of Iran's navy on Wednesday rejected Israeli criticism of Tehran's sending two Iranian warships through the Suez Canal and into the Mediterranean Sea, saying the vessels pose no threat to the region.
Adm. Habibollah Sayyari told reporters upon his arrival in the Syrian capital of Damascus on Wednesday that the frigate Alvand and the supply ship Kharq will arrive on Thursday in the Syrian port of Latakia for a training mission. He refused to say how long the ships would remain in the Mediterranean.