Fighter jets have attacked a factory near Khartoum, Sudan, that manufactures long range missiles, and at least two weapons warehouses. Some Arabic media sources have suggested that Israel was involved in the strike. Israel declined to comment on the reports.
Sudanese Army spokesman Colonel Al-Sawarmy Khaled Saad on Wednesday said in an interview with Sky News Arabia that the Sudanese military’s air defense systems intercepted a “mobile object that resembles a plane or a rocket” in the area of the city of Omdurman.
A Sudanese military source told the news site “Al arabi Al jaded” that its air defenses had operated against fighter jets that entered the Wadi Sidna neighborhood in Omdurman near Khartoum.
Israel has carried out a number of attacks on targets in Sudan to intercept arms deliveries sent by Iran to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
On July 2014, during Operation Protective Edge, a huge explosion destroyed a Sudanese ammunition warehouse. According to reports this latest attack was on a weapons storage facility that had been moved to Sudan from Libya and contained arms for transport to Gaza or extremist Islamic groups in Sinai.
In October 2012 another powerful explosion occurred in a weapons factory in Khartoum. Officials in the Sudanese government then claimed that four Israeli air force fighter jets attacked and destroyed the facility. The Sudanese President, Omar al-Bashir, declared that “Israel is our enemy and we will continue to call it an enemy. In order to prevent another attack, Sudan needs to stabilize relations with Israel. This is something that will never happen.”
In December 2011, reports claimed that Israeli aircraft attacked convoys carrying weapons on two occasions. The convoys were making their way from Port Sudan to Egypt, smuggling weapons into Gaza.
In April 2011, Sudanese Foreign Minister, Ali Karti, blamed Israel for an attacking the country that caused the death of two people. He claimed that they do not know the reason for the attack.