Israel allegedly attacked in Sudan

Posted: March 26, 2009 by Jonathan Boyko in Egypt, Hamas, IDF, Israel

Sudanese fightersAmerican CBS network broke a story, in which Israel allegedly attacked a Gaza-bound weapons convoy, consisting of 17 trucks. The convoy, according to the story, was moving on its way to Egypt.

CBS does not have any specific proof of Israel actually taking part in the attack, just guesses – even though it is a viable option. Moreover, if Israel actually did attack in Sudan, Hamas’ sources from abroad might be threatened, although I hardly believe a single attack would make much difference, while making such attacks numerous is practically mission impossible. If the convoy indeed was on its way to Egypt, Israel had no choice but to attack before it reached Egypt, as attacking within Egyptian territory was not an option, while at the same time Egyptian government cannot be fully trusted with disposing of such weaponry.

CBS News national security correspondent David Martin broke the story. He says that Israeli intelligence learned of plans to move weapons through Sudan, north toward Egypt and then via the Sinai into the Gaza Strip.

According to Martin, Israel and the U.S. had signed an agreement for closer international efforts to block smuggling of arms into the Gaza Strip.

During the final days of the Israeli offensive against Hamas, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and her American counterpart Condoleezza Rice signed a security-intelligence memorandum on intensifying cooperation in a joint effort to block the smuggling of arms from Iran to Hamas via Sudan.

The Sudanese news site said the attack took place “in a desert area northwest of Port Sudan city, near Mount al-Sha’anun.”

According to, the airstrike was an “embarrassment” to Sudan’s government, and it discussed the matter with Egypt’s government “to gather more information to formulate a response.”

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