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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Did Israel bomb Sudan again?

No, that's not a picture of a bonfire to honor the memory of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. It has happened before. And last night it might just have happened again: Israel may have intercepted another weapons shipment for Hamas in Sudan. This is Jonathan Schanzer.
Multiple Arab media outlets reported an explosion in an area west of Khartoum on Tuesday night. By Wednesday, the Sudanese military claimed it had shot down an Israeli drone carrying two missiles.
The Israelis have neither confirmed nor denied. However, the Israelis have historically targeted weapons in Sudan bound for the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.
This was the case in 2012, when Israeli jet fighters struck the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Yarmouk facility in Khartoum housing advanced Fajr-5 rockets. Israeli officials denied any knowledge of that raid. But weeks later, war erupted and Israel struck dozens of sites in Gaza believed to be housing the missiles that the air strike had missed.
The Yarmouk raid was not an isolated incident. In 2009, the Israelis reportedly targeted Iranian weapons shipments in Sudan destined for Hamas, conducting a strike on a large truck convoy. Another strike in 2011 incinerated a car carrying two men believed to be involved in the Iran-Hamas weapons pipeline. Just last year, Israeli commandos boarded the Klos-C in the Red Sea, seizing a massive arms shipment from Iran destined for Sudan.

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