Two Iranian naval ships have sailed through Egypt's Suez Canal into the Mediterranean, in a move likely to be keenly watched by Israel.
“Two Iranian ships crossed through the Suez Canal [on Thursday] following permission from the Egyptian armed forces,” a source in the canal authority said Friday.
The destroyer and a supply ship could be on their way to the Syrian coast, the source added. Iran and Syria agreed to co-operate on naval training a year ago, and Tehran has no naval agreement with any other country in the region.
Two Iranian warships sailed along the strategic waterway on Feb. 17 last year, in a move that Israel called a “provocation.”
Syria and Iran are hostile to Israel.
Egypt's military, which has a close defence ties with the United States, has been governing the country since the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak a year ago.
The Suez Canal cuts through Egypt and allows shipping to pass from the Middle East to Europe and vice versa, without going around southern Africa.