Sudan Army Says It Toppled Israeli Drone That Infiltrated Its Air Space

Army spokesman quoted by official news agency saying that the UAV carrying two missiles entered from the direction of the Red Sea; claim follows reports of attack on Sudan weapons facility.

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Fire engulfing the Yarmouk ammunition factory in Khartoum  in October 2012.
Fire engulfing the Yarmouk ammunition factory in Khartoum in October 2012.Credit: Reuters
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The Sudanese army said Wednesday morning that it had toppled an Israeli drone that infiltrated its air space, hours after Arab media reported that a weapons facility near the area of Omdurman had come under missile attack.

Sudanese Armed Forces spokesman Colonel Al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa'ad said that the military toppled a UAV that infiltrated its air space from the east, calling it an Israeli drone carrying two missiles, according to the army's official news agency.

Sa'ad denied reports of a strike, saying the rumors were meant to hurt the Sudanese people's morale.

The spokesman said that the drone entered the air space from the direction of the Red Sea and that the Sudanese authorities were investigating the incident.

The Yemen Today website suggested immediately after the alleged missile strike was reported that Israel was behind the attack. The Sudan Tribune, on Twitter, cited eyewitnesses as saying they saw flames in the sky, and that their house, a few miles away from the blast site, shook from the impact.

In 2012, Sudan accused Israel of carrying out an air strike on an arms factory in Khartoum.

According to foreign reports, Israeli airstrikes targeted a number of Gaza-bound weapons convoys and Hamas smuggling operatives within Sudan in recent years. Sudan has cast blame on Israel following some of these incidents. Israel hasn't officially responded.

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