Egyptian security sources and members of the Syrian opposition are claiming that the two Iranian ships docked off the Syrian coast are equipped with "military communications jamming devices that are disrupting communications made by the Syrian opposition via satellite," the London-based Arabic newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported Monday.
According to the report, an Egyptian security source noted that recently the Syrian regime has been finding it hard to monitor opposition calls after it began using secure communication lines.
The regime in Damascus is finding it particularly difficult to monitor calls made by of the Free Syrian Army and the Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary Committees, the source told the newspaper.
Two Iranian navy ships docked at the Syrian port of Tartus over the weekend.
The flotilla, consisting of a destroyer and a supply ship, arrived at Tartus port, 220 kilometers (137 miles) northwest of the Syrian capital Damascus after receiving permission from the Egyptian armed forces to sail through the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean Sea on their way to the Syrian coast.
On Sunday Asharq al-Awsat quoted a State Department official as saying that the US was concerned by the arrival of Iranian vessels to Syria and considers it an Iranian attempt to aggravate the situation in the region.
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