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Israeli warplanes conducted air strike on arms smugglers in Sudan: CBS


March 25, 2009 (WASHINGTON) — An airstrike that targeted a convoy of arm smugglers inside Sudan last January was launched by Israeli planes and not American ones, according to a US television network.

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An Israeli Air Force fighter plane releases flares during an aerobatics display at a graduation ceremony for new pilots at the Hatzerim Air Force Base near the southern Israeli city of Beersheba (AP)

Yesterday a Sudanese government official said that a “major power bombed small trucks carrying arms” Northwest of Port Sudan city killing Sudanese, Eritreans and Ethiopians passengers.

An Egyptian newspaper had reported this week that US planes destroyed a convoy heading towards the borders carrying arms believed to be on its way to Gaza strip.

It also quoted an unidentified Egyptian official as suggesting that the planes flew from US bases in Djibouti.

However CBS news quoting unidentified US officials disputed the report about US involvement in the operation.

CBS News national security correspondent who covers the Pentagon was told by those officials that “Israeli aircraft carried out the attack”.

“Israeli intelligence is said to have discovered that weapons were being trucked through Sudan, heading north toward Egypt, whereupon they would cross the Sinai Desert and be smuggled into Hamas-held territory in Gaza” the officials said.

However the officials did not say whether they provided any assistance to the operation or if they were notified before it took place.

In Tel Aviv Israeli offcials speaking to Haartez newspaper refused to comment on the report of an air strike in Sudan or on the role that Israel may have played in that attack.

However Haartez said that Israeli defense sources reiterated on a number of occasions that Iran embarked on an intensive effort to supply Hamas with weapons and ammunition during Operation Cast Lead.

Hamas Islamic group is in control of the Gaza strip.

In Cairo the Sudanese foreign minister Deng Alor told reporters that he has no information on any airstrikes conducted in Eastern Sudan.

The US signed an agreement with Israel last January that calls for an international effort to stem the flow of weaponry and explosives to complement those of Egypt.

American and Israeli diplomats said at the time the agreement includes intelligence coordination to prevent arms from Iran from entering Gaza, maritime efforts to identify ships carrying weaponry, and the sharing of US and European technologies to discover and prevent the use of weapons-smuggling tunnels.

The convoy is believed to have consisted of 17 trucks carrying 39 passengers that were all destroyed in the operation. None of the people on board the trucks survived the attack.

Israeli officials in the past have said that arms are funneled into Sudan and then to Sinai, where they pass through the tunnels into Gaza.


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  • 26 March 2009 03:24, by Covert

    The Sudanese Government think, they’ll treat Israelis like Darfurians or Southerners, be informed they’re Israelis, they don’t play, when it comes to security of their people, they are not ICC Khartoum will pull around with.

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    • 26 March 2009 04:22, by HONEY

      there are only two places that i wish i was born in. South sudan and Israel. and thanks God for being born in southern Sudan and i love Israel so much because they dont sign deals with terrorists, they just kill them all.Khartoum is playing with fire and now they are starting to get burned just like all other Terrorists in the world.

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      • 26 March 2009 05:34, by Daniel Khot Duoth

        Thank God for let Israelis helping south sudanese and Darfurian people to killed terrorists in sudan. I am extremely happy with our best friends or alliances for bombed city of port sudan and killed stupids Arabian people. These are our best friends who are helping us for more many years since spla/m came out from sudan.I am pretty sure that, our relationship with Isrealist will never end. It will be forever as we are christianity.By Daniel Khot Duoth and Koang Chuol.

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        • 28 March 2009 10:02, by Gatwech

          You stupid Dinka, why are you using the names of these great men. Don’t you have a name given to you by your mother and father? Daniel Khot Duoth was the first Governor of the whole Upper Nile region and Gen. Koang Chuol was among the first military officers who established the historical Bilpam HQrs before Garang joined them there. Please use your own name, if you want people to take your comments serious.

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    • 19 January 2013 11:17, by hamhanak

      I am currently working on research paper and part of the curriculum involves this subject matter. Do you have any other posts I can look at regarding this?

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  • 26 March 2009 09:28, by DAVID N.

    Now, SUDAN should cut ties with a exiled Palestinian Hamas figure, Khaled Mashaal from Damascus, Syria, because he is the enemy of Yisrael, and even though, he wanted to come to Sudan to be in exile from Damascus, Syria now. He is a dangerous Terrorist figure.

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  • 26 March 2009 09:55, by Mohamed Mabrouk

    Hi; GoS.Be careful. Large fires is from small sparks. Let us concentrate on ower internal issues. You will not acheive victory for a problem more tha 50 years old. Let us focus on Darfur which id 6 years old.

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  • 26 March 2009 10:33, by postmortem

    When I read 39 passengers on trucks carrying weapons headed to Gaza, it sounds as if these sudanese, Eritrean and Ethiopian so called passengers are really passengers in the sense. The writing portrays as if these guys are just passengers who paid money going somewhere.

    I must say speak it out saying 39 terrorists were killed in an air strike while smuggling amnutions to Gaza.

    Israel thank you for the good job. Surely only those with eyes can lead the blind. You are our watch dog just go ahead to kill those who are killing the vulnerable.

    To hell with one writer who yesterday defended sovereighty of Sudan by insinuating that the raids shouldn’t have been carried out because of sovereighnty.

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  • 26 March 2009 11:31, by Kuanlualthoun

    Israel is the true agent of western world. It was founded to control Arab world by serving western Intellegine watchdog, which protects western intersts in the Midlleast in the expense of poor Palestinian people, you easily see this fact by the way the westerners allow Israeli to kill Palestinian kids and defendless civilians.

    Some of us quickly try defend Sraeli postion wrongly by comparing the situation in Sudan with that of the Palestine, but in my view those are wrong, simply because both situations are completely different, Palestine is occupied by Israeli through the help of Western World, Sudan is not and will never be under Arab occupation, they live with us for decades, they mix with our African in the northern part of our country, the lived our way of life and they are integral part of us even though we might have differences with them we can just learn how to live together as one nation!!

    Westerners founded Israel mainly to control the swiss channel of Egypt as to safeguard the free passage of their warships from Mediterranean Sea to the Indian Ocean and vise versa, just like South Africa that has been situated on that strategic location of African Continent in order to control African nations by controlling both Indian and Atlantic Oceans, Just like Australia and New Zealand!!

    Where is the so-called Western international law and their so-called ICC if a country like Israel could distroy weapons or whatsoever goods within the independent country, where is the so-called Western justice?? Insincere

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    • 26 March 2009 13:25, by Mr. Moto Moto

      Kuanlualthoun, I’m quite surprise by your blanket sympathy for all Palestinians. I suggest you distinguish between the Fatah Leadership in West Bank which truely deserve support and the Terrorist Hamas in Gaza who are ICC candidate. Hamas decided to throw out Fatah who are the true representative of the Palestinian aspiration for seperate peaceful statehood along side Israel and wage war on Isreal by sending Kasham rockets in to southern Israel. Therefore, Hamas should be held responsible for all the deaths that occurred during the war. I support the dismantling of all the terrorist infrastructure of Hamas and that of their friends. Unfortunately, the Sudanese goverment is siding with this dubious groups. I suggest the Palestinian unite, round up all the Hamas leadership and establish their own goverment without drawing all of us in their own self created problem.Beshir and Hamas will bring no good to Sudan and they should stop hiding behind sovereignity.Good Job Israel

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      • 26 March 2009 17:46, by Kuanlualthoun

        Brother Moto, Moto of Japan!!

        Please, try to be rational in your reasoning!! What sense do you think it make if you and the western world should allow Israel to kill the Palestinians simply because Hamas is not willing to recognise Israeli occupation of the their Land, while at the same time talking about prosecution of El-basheir because you believe he committed a genocide in the Darfur region!!what sense do you think this claim will make to us!! is there any genocide better than another, or genocide is a genocide no matter where and how it is committed!!!

        About Hamas being a terrorist organisation, simply because they are not willing to accept the Israeli occupation of their country, then, don’t you think that could be applied to SPLA, JEM, SLM etc of the sudanese movements that are believed to fight for social justice to their people or any just cause.

        Because there are some relativities or commonalities between these Sudanese movements and Hamas, it doesn’t make sense whatsoever for any Sudanese who support the Darfuri JEM or SLM to denounce Hamas military or freedom fighters as terrorist, simply because they are fighting Israeli for a just cause, to end their occupation of the Palestine, how could you possibly call those terrorists when they are fighting Israeli within the Palestine?? are they fighting in Russia or USA or in any of the western countries that founded the Israel,for them to be dennounce as terrorists!!

        God Knows that Israeli are the terrorists, because they kill kids and innocent civilians just like the Sudanese army that killed the innocent Darfuri or Nuba or southern Sudanese, common, killing is killing no matter where is happens!!!If we wish others to be killed, then why are we complained when we are killed!!

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  • 26 March 2009 13:30, by Yual John Nguth

    Good stand for Israel

    It was since January why it was not announced to the nation something must be wrong with this Arab.

    Israel have right to protect their civilian form terrorist acts. We appreciate Israel for their intelligent of being serious in becoming aware of the Sudan Arabs evil operate. The Bible says “those who curse you will be curse and those who bless you will be blessed say the Lord.” Let North Sudan learn from that short lesson Bashir’s dying government need be careful in every action the world is washing terrorism involvement.There is no smoke without fire, this Arab attempted to carry their evil support to Israel. Well done you can be the real solution to the Darfur problem if world allow you to do so.

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    • 26 March 2009 17:33, by Namaa

      The foundation of the Bill of Human Rights is based on non discrimination, against any group or sect......

      Calling Arabs Evil is a discrimination on its own merit.

      The Foundation of the Bill thus states.....

      Either no member of the human race has real rights, or else all have the same; he who votes against the rights of another, whatever his religion, colour or sex, thereby abjures his own. Marquis De Condorcet (1743-1794)

      Acts of discrimination against persons, because of race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, social status, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language or birth are not only against the law, they are against the laws of basic human decency.

      If the responses posted are against the Government of Sudan, then the government of Sudan is under the Command of the NCP and is currently the Government of National Unity, which includes the SPLM and the SLM.

      I doubt that anyone can state confidenatly all members of the National Congress Party are Arab, let alone all members of the current Government of National Unity.

      Even if the Government of Sudan is currently Arab, then an attack on the Arabs, and labelling them as Evil is racist and shows nothing more than racial intolerance...

      The Report stated clearly, that the country accussed of smuggling the weapons through the land of Sudan, are Iran, and Iranians are Persian and Non- Arab.

      I doubt that the convoy was marked from the air- with a Postmark ..Hamas HQ, Palastine, so how were the Israel’s certain that the weapons were on their way to Gaza, when they convoy was bombed on Sudanese land??

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      • 26 March 2009 17:37, by Namaa

        For those who think that Israel can solve the crisis in Darfur, can draw from the fact that Israel can not solve its the crisis in Gaza, Lebanon ...which are both its own backyard, let alone be able to solve a crisis in a foreign land.

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        • 26 March 2009 18:33, by Namaa

          Thank you Kuanlualthoun, for your insightful and objective analysis, indeed, I am many times puzzled and left wondering at the " cultural differences" between the North and South, when there are not that many, each group... has adapted to the harsh environment of the Sudan, their own way, but culturally they are very similar.

          The Sudan is one Heterogenous mix, more homogenous that outsiders anticipate and more mixed than seperated, and that is the way it will stay and will remain as long as the land is called Sudan.

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          • 27 March 2009 03:24, by Nyajang

            Mr. no name,

            In case of Sudan, there has never been a historical or cultural oneness between the two and for you to say that there exist homogeneity is simply ludicrous.

            Now with regard to Israel, it is said that "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" Israel is a friend to many Southerners because she crushed the enemy. In that sense, praising Israel is not a justification of some mischievous acts that might have been committed by Israel but to rather acknowledge the helping hand of your enemy’s enemy.

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            • 27 March 2009 11:42, by Namaa

              Namaa is a name,

              the term the enemy of my enemy is my friend, is often described as a "Arab" proverb, although there is a similar Chinese version.

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              • 27 March 2009 14:14, by Nyajang


                If the saying has it roots in sudanese arab culture, then they (arabs and their friends) shouldn’t be shocked by others cheering for Israel’s air strike.

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  • 28 July 2012 18:59, by danaray79

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