Israeli Troops Go on Alert after Iran's Voyage in Mediterranean

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iran
Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Israeli forces were put on alert for one month when Iranian warships traversed in the Mediterranean Sea (in 2012), Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari revealed on Tuesday.

Addressing a congress in the Central city of Qom on Tuesday, Sayyari underscored Iran's regional power and clout, and said, "Considering the political aspects, at present, the Islamic Iran is at the top of the world news reports and no decision is made in the region without Iran's partnership."

He said Iran's weight and regional clout has grown so heavy that the world's arrogant powers now need to have relationship with Iran.

Sayyari also stressed the country's military and Naval power, and said, "Today, the Iranian Navy warships are on a voyage in the China Sea and this shows the powerful presence of the Navy in different parts of the world."

Implying that enemy reactions to Iran's moves can be a good way to assess the country's power and position, he said, "The Zionist regime was on the alert for a full one month after the presence of the Iranian Navy in the Mediterranean Sea," he added.

In relevant remarks in November, Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami announced that Iran was fighting the enemies at its strategic borders which had been stretched to the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa.

"While, one day, our nation was fighting the enemy at borders of Karkheh river (in Khouzestan province, Southwestern Iran), now it has expanded its strategic borders in this fight against enemies to the East of the Mediterranean and North of Africa," Salami said, addressing Basiji (volunteer) forces in the Central province of Isfahan on Wednesday.

The Iranian Navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008, when Somali raiders hijacked the Iranian-chartered cargo ship, MV Delight, off the coast of Yemen.

According to UN Security Council resolutions, different countries can send their warships to the Gulf of Aden and coastal waters of Somalia against the pirates and even with prior notice to Somali government enter the territorial waters of that country in pursuit of Somali sea pirates.

The Gulf of Aden - which links the Indian Ocean with the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea - is an important energy corridor, particularly because Persian Gulf oil is shipped to the West via the Suez Canal.

The 33rd fleet of warships left Bandar Abbas port in Southern Iran for the Gulf of Aden late last month to protect the country's cargo ships and oil tankers against pirates.

The flotilla berthed in Sri Lanka earlier this month and is now heading towards Indonesia.

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