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Iranian Warships in the Mediterranean

Iranian warships have entered the Mediterranean for the second time in two years.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 2/18/2012, 7:28 PM

Suez Canal
Suez Canal
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Iranian warships have entered the Mediterranean Sea for the second time in two years, this time after having docked at the Saudi port of Jedda.

The official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) quoted Iranian navy commander Admiral Habibollah Sayari in reporting Saturday's movement of the ships through the Suez Canal on Saturday.

The destroyer Shahid Qandi and the Kharg supply ship were docked in Jedda two days ago, the AFP news agency reported.

The last time Iranian warships entered the Mediterranean was in February 2011, when the Kharg supply ship and the Alvand frigate passed through the canal and headed to the Syrian port of Latakia.

Israel's navy was placed on alert in response, and the U.S. expressed concern over the move as well.