U.S. Officials Confirm Israeli Strike in Sudan

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - A report in The New York Times alleges that two U.S. officials confirmed an Israel Air Force (IAF) air strike in January on a weapons convoy in Sudan.

According to the article, an Iranian Revolutionary Guard operative traveled to Sudan to coordinate the weapons transfer.

A related report in the Israeli daily Ha'aretz suggests the high likelihood that Israel military and intelligence believed the convoy contained Iranian-made Fajr rockets, which are capable of hitting Tel Aviv, Israel's largest metropolitan area, from the Gaza Strip. The rocket has a range of 43 miles.

Click the player to hear CBN News' Chris Mitchell explain the reference to the Sudan strike.

The Times report states that Sudan consulted Egypt on the convoy.

"[The army] took all the necessary procedures and contacted parties of concern with this issue," the article quoted Sudanese army spokesman Osman al-Agbash as having said.

The number of casualties has varied widely among the various media sources reporting the attack.

A Los Angeles Times story quoted Sudanese officials claiming that hundreds of refugees were killed in three separate convoys.

One source claimed American warplanes bombed the convoy.

Some reports estimated 30 casualties in a convoy consisting of four to five trucks, while others claimed 39 casualties and a 17-vehicle convoy.

Meanwhile, senior Hamas operative Salah Bardaweel said the convoy wasn't transporting weapons to the Gaza Strip and Israel bombed the convoy just to attack Sudan.

Sources: YNet news, Reuters, The Associated Press, Ha'aretz

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