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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Suez Canal Authority: Iranian warships to pass through Canal on Monday

Israel Radio has just reported (1:00 am Sunday) that the Suez Canal Authority announced this evening that those two Iranian warships will pass through the Canal on Monday.

Israel and the United States have both announced that they will monitor the ships.

It has been reported previously that the ships are headed for Syria.

Here's a report from Reuters from a few moments ago:
Two Iranian naval ships will sail through the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean on Monday, a Suez Canal official said, in what will be the first passage of Iranian naval ships through the canal since 1979.


The official said the vessels would arrive at the southern mouth of the canal in the Red Sea's Gulf of Suez on Sunday. They would enter the canal in the northern convoy on Monday morning and complete the journey to the Mediterranean by evening.

An Egyptian army source said on Friday that the military, which has been running Egypt since President Hosni Mubarak was toppled from power on February 11, had approved Iran's request to send the ships through the canal.

The decision had posed an early diplomatic headache for Egypt's interim government. Cairo is an ally of the United States and has a peace treaty with Israel but its relations with Iran have been strained since the 1979 revolution.

Egypt's Western allies are watching for hints of any shift in policy toward its Middle East neighbors.
Ships pass through at 6:00 am every day. So be prepared for 6:00 am Monday.


More here.


Israel Radio's 2:00 am news reports that the Egyptians first 'verified' that the ships were not carrying weapons or nuclear or biological warfare material. I can imagine how.

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At 3:14 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Iran is extending its influence to the Mediterranean and while the world is obsessed with whether Jews can live in non-existent new revanants, it ignores Iranian imperialism in the Levant.

What could go wrong indeed


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