Israel bolsters Red Sea naval fleet

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 |  Ryan Jones

Israel confirmed on Tuesday that it has deployed an additional two warships to the Red Sea to boost patrols along Israel's maritime border with Egypt.

The decision was made following the publication of intelligence reports that suggested an ongoing terrorist threat emanating from the Egyptian Sinai.

Israel has since bolstered all of its forces in and around the Red Sea resort town of Eilat anticipating a sequel to the deadly three-pronged terrorist assault on southern Israel earlier this month.

In that attack, Palestinian terrorists from Gaza used the Sinai to infiltrate deep into southern Israel, attacking private cars and public buses just miles north of Eilat.

The Israeli naval redeployment may also be a response to Iran's decision to dispatch its 15th Fleet to the Red Sea.

The Iranian government said it was sending the warships to the area to "convey a message of peace and friendship to all countries."

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