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Vol 50 No 7

Published 3rd April 2009


Air strikes and silence

Why was Khartoum so reluctant to admit that its arms transhipments had been hit by Israeli air strikes?

Khartoum said nothing about Israel's air strikes on north-east Sudan in January and February until the news leaked out through an Egyptian newspaper last week. It then blamed them on the United States though, we hear, it knew Israel was responsible. In all three raids, the targets were shipments of weapons to Gaza's ruling Islamist party, Hamas - two road convoys in Sudan, one still at sea. Khartoum's reluctance to admit that it had been hit by Israel contrasts sharply with its regular and ritual denunciations of the 'Zionist regime', which it increasingly says it blames for the Darfur crisis. As Africa Confidential went to press, we heard that another arms convoy was moving north near the Red Sea coast and Egyptian forces were moving to the Sudan border to block such movements.

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