Israel's 'long arm' reportedly behind Sudan strike

Thursday, April 07, 2011 |  Ryan Jones

Time magazine reported on Wednesday that a senior Israeli army official confirmed that IDF forces were behind this week’s targeted missile strike on a vehicle traveling through Sudan’s main Red Sea port.

Late Tuesday night, two men traveling through Port Sudan in a rental car were suddenly killed when an air-to-surface missile slammed into their vehicle.

Al Jazeera later identified one of the men as a top Hamas arms smuggler.

Israel was immediately accused of having carried out the precision air strike, but the government in Jerusalem and the IDF remain mum.

The unnamed official who spoke to Time noted that it was not unusual for Israel to his wanted targets in Sudan, which is easily accessible to the Israel Air Force via the Red Sea.

In 2009, Israeli aircraft destroyed an arms convoy in northern Sudan just miles from the Egyptian border. The arms were reportedly en route to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

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