Israel hit 3 weapons shipments in Sudan


ABC News' Luis Martinez reports: Israel has conducted three military strikes against targets in Sudan since January in an effort to prevent what were believed to be Iranian weapons shipments from reaching Hamas in the Gaza Strip, ABC News has learned.

Earlier this week, was the first to report that Israel had conducted an airstrike in January against a convoy carrying weapons north into Egypt to be smuggled into the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

But actually, since January, Israel has conducted a total of three military strikes against smugglers transporting what were believed to be Iranian weapons shipments destined for Gaza, a U.S. official told ABC News.

The information matches recent reports from Sudanese officials of two airstrikes in the desert of eastern Sudan and the sinking of a ship in the Red Sea carrying weapons.


One of the interesting aspects of such attacks is how quite those responsible for the shipments have been. That is because the arm shipments violate a UN weapons ban. That is the reason Sudan and Iran have said very little. It also reflects their embarrassment at getting caught by the Israelis whom they like to portray as failing. The Israelis have their own reasons for silence.


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