Two Iranian warships have laid anchor at Syria’s Tartus port after crossing the Suez Canal and entering the Mediterranean Sea, various news agencies reported Saturday.

Iran’s PressTV quoted the Mehr News Agency as reporting that a destroyer and supply ship belonging to the Iranian Navy docked at the northern Syrian port on Friday after crossing the Suez Canal with Egyptian permission.

The Telegraph, meanwhile, quoted Iranian Navy commander Admiral Habibollah Sayari as saying that the ships had been deployed to the Mediterranean after docking in Saudi Arabia, carrying a “message of peace and friendship” from Tehran. According to the report, Israel responded to the announcement by placing its navy on high alert.

On Friday, Reuters reported that two Iranian navy vessels had crossed the Suez Canal en route to the Syrian coast.