Sudanese President Accuses Israel of Aiding Darfur Rebels

At a state rally, president al-Bashir says Israel gave Darfur rebel leader money to aid plans to topple gov't.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has accused a Darfur rebel leader who recently staged an attack near the country's capital of receiving money from Israel to topple Sudan's Islamic regime.

The Sudanese president has made his accusations at a rally orchestrated by the state Wednesday, where thousands of citizens waved flags and chanted slogans against rebel leader Khalil Ibrahim. Arab leaders often accuse their adversaries of having links to Israel to discredit them.

Ibrahim, the head of Darfur's Justice and Equality Movement, stunned the Sudanese government with his attack Saturday on the city of Omdurman, located next to the capital Khartoum.

The government has said that the surprise assault claimed the lives of more than 200 people.