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Sudan signs on to Abraham Accords, normalized ties with Israel

The signing ceremony in Khartoum makes Sudan the 3rd of four countries to officially normalize diplomatic, economic & cultural ties with the Jewish State, following the UAE, Bahrain and preceding Morocco, which has yet to formally sign the Abraham Accords.

By i24NEWS


Sudan officially joined the Abraham Accords on Wednesday, opening the door to normalizing its ties with the Jewish state, the Associated Press reports.

The agreement was signed as US Secretary Treasury Steven Mnuchin was visiting Sudanese capital Khartoum.

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From the Sudanese side, the agreement was signed by Justice Minister Nasreldin Abdelbari, according to a statement from Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s office. Continue Reading »

TRUMP announces Muslim majority Sudan to open ties with Israel


President Donald Trump’s decision to remove Sudan from the US terrorism blacklist initiated the momentum for this African country to become the third Arab state to reach a deal on normalization with Israel within mere weeks.



US President Donald Trump on Friday spoke with the leaders of Israel and Sudan as the two countries announced their plan to normalize relations, adding that he expected the Palestinians and other nations to also agree to closer ties in coming months.

In a telephone call with Trump held in front of reporters at the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also welcomed what he called a rapidly expanding circle of peace. Continue Reading »

Historic: Israeli plane uses Sudan airspace in non-stop to Israel for first time

As a result of the surprising Benjamin Netanyahu-Abd al-Fattah al-Burhan meeting earlier this month, an Israeli based aircraft flew non-stop from Kinshasa, DRC to Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport by flying over Sudan for the first time.
– Other planes have used route but were never registered as “Israeli.”

By Itay Blumenthal


An Israeli plane made history this weekend by becoming the country’s first-ever aircraft to fly through Sudanese airspace, as it traveled to Tel Aviv from Kinshasa.

The plane took off from Israel early last week for the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo and made its return to Ben-Gurion Airport in the skies over Sudan. Continue Reading »

Despite Sudanese uproar, Sudan PM welcomes meeting with Netanyahu

Dismissing the gov’t spokesperson’s comment that Sudanese General al-Burhan’s meeting with PM Netanyahu was a “violation of the Sudanese constitution,” Sudan’s PM Abdalla Hamdok tweeted his support of the historic rendezvous in Unganda.

By i24NEWS


Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok applauded Wednesday the meeting that took place between his country’s Military Council chief and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Uganda.

“We welcome General [Abdel Fattah al-]Burhan’s statement about his meeting with the Prime Minister of Israel,” Hamdok said in a tweet.

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HISTORY MADE: Netanyahu flies over South Sudan from Chad to Israel

For the first time, Sudan, which retains air control over its Southern neighbor, has given PM Netanyahu’s state aircraft permission to fly over South Sudan from Chad’s capital of N’Djamena to Israel.



Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew back from Chad Sunday over South Sudan, the first time Sudan —  which still retains air control authority over South Sudan — has given an Israeli aircraft permission to fly over its southern neighbor.

This less circuitous route trimmed about an hour off the flight time from Chad’s capital of N’Djamena to Tel Aviv. However, the plane was still unable to fly the most direct route, which would have been north from Chad through the southwestern corner of Sudan into Egypt and then on to Israel.

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REPORT: Israel Destroys SCUD Factory in Sudan But Lost UAV In Operation

Sudan claims it shot down Israeli UAV, but denies Arab media reports that the IAF destroyed an Iranian SCUD missile factory & warehouse near Khartoum.

By Ari Yashar


The Sudanese army claimed it shot down an Israeli drone, after Arab media reported on Wednesday that Israeli war planes struck sites around the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, destroying weapons sites apparently destined for Hamas terrorists in Gaza.

Israeli Heron UAV (illustration) – Reuters

The London-based Arabic-language Al-Araby Al-Jadeed and other Arab news sources reported the strikes, saying they hit a factory producing long-range Scud missiles, a rocket storage site, as well as a convoy that was leaving the military site in Omdurman to the north of Khartoum.

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Hamas’ weapons smuggling to suffer from rift between Iran and Sudan

Gaza’s arms suppliers are in the middle of a diplomatic snafu after Khartoum closed its Iranian culture centers out of concern Tehran was promoting Shi’ite ideology in Sunni Sudan.

By Roi Kais


After 20 years in which Sudan, a Sunni-majority state, maintained close strategic ties with Shi’ite Iran, cracks have begun to appear in the relationship between the two countries, who, according to foreign reports, have also cooperated against Israel.

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir (left) with Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei (right) – Photo: AP

There have been several reports in recent years about air raids on Sudanese territory against arms convoys reportedly transferring weapons to the Gaza Strip. Continue Reading »

Sudan’s Chess King Resigns After Match Against Israeli


Sudan’s top player & president of the Sudanese Chess Association resigns his position following a match against an Israeli opponent. 

By Ben Ariel


The president of the Sudanese Chess Association (SCA) tendered his resignation on Sunday following a game of chess that took place against an Israeli player at the World Youth Chess Championships in South Africa, reports the Sudan Tribune.

Chess (illustration) – Thinkstock

The president, Tariq Zaroog, said that he as an administrator of the top chess body in the country is stepping down and offered his apologies to the Palestinian and Sudanese people, according to the report. Continue Reading »

Sudan says it foiled local spy-ring for Israel


According to a Sudanese reports, local informants gave Israel intel that facilitated in air-strike on Sudan in 2009 and again in 2012.



Sudan said Saturday night that it has arrested a ring of informants working on behalf of Israeli intelligence.

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Fire engulfs Yarmouk ammunition factory in Khartoum October 24, 2012. – Photo: Reuters

According to local reports, the Sudanese agents provided Israel with information that facilitated a 2009 attack on a weapons convoy and an airstrike on an arms factory in Khartoum in October 2012.


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Two Iranian Warships Dock in Sudan… Again

For the 2nd time in 5 weeks, Iranian warships dock in Port Sudan. It seem more Iranian Fajr-5 missiles en route to Gaza.

By Gil Ronen

Two Iranian warships docked in Port Sudan on Saturday, a witness told AFP. This marks the second port call by the Iranian navy in Sudan in five weeks.

Iranian warship in Port Sudan

Iranian warship in Port Sudan

The Iranian navy said the 1,400 ton frigate Jamaran and the 4,700 ton support ship Bushehr “docked in Port Sudan, after successfully carrying out their assignments in the Red Sea, and were greeted by high-ranking Sudanese naval commanders.” It did not say how long the warships would stay in port. Continue Reading »

Israeli ‘spy’ vulture nabbed in Sudan

Sudan says captured Vulture was on espionage mission for Israel

Chip a standard migration tracker with Israeli Park Services GPS chip.

Roi Kais


Three Days of the Condor, Sudan style: Sudanese media was a buzz Thursday, with news saying that Darfur authorities had captured a vulture carrying Israeli spy gear.

The suspect (Illustration -Unable to publicize real picture to protect the vulture’s identity). Photo: Israel Nature and National Parks Service

The suspect bird was found to be tagged with an Israeli GPS chip and a leg band labeled “Israel Nature Service” and “Hebrew University, Jerusalem.”

Khartoum’s media claimed that the device was capable of taking photos and sending them back to Israel; but Israel’s National Parks Service dismissed the allegation, saying that both the band and the GPS chip were nothing more than standard migration trackers. Continue Reading »

Iran says it is allowed to build & oversee arms facilities


Tehran halfheartedly admits to its connection to weapons factory in Sudan

FM Salehi reports: ‘If Israel was ready to strike Iran it would have done so by now’

By Roi Kais

Iran halfheartedly admitted that it had established the Sudanese weapons factory that was destroyed in an air raid last week, defiantly stating that it has the right to build arms facilities overseas.

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi – Photo: Reuters

In a Sunday interview with Qatari newspaper Al-Waten, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi was asked about the the Iranian link to Sudanese military complex that was allegedly bombed by Israel. Continue Reading »

Sudan’s 2nd VP: We will support Hamas despite Israeli ‘aggression’

Pledge by Sudanese Vice president comes 10 days after Khartoum accused Israel of bombing its Yarmouk arms factory.



KHARTOUM – Sudan will not stop supporting Palestinian group Hamas despite Israeli “aggression,” a senior Sudanese official said on Sunday, less than two weeks after Khartoum accused Israel of bombing an arms plant in the Sudanese capital.

Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir - Photo: REUTERS

Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir – Photo: REUTERS

Israel accuses Sudan of channeling weapons from Iran to Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, via Egypt’s Sinai desert. Sudan denies the charge but often expresses sympathy for Hamas.

A blast at Khartoum’s Yarmouk arms factory last month drew new attention to the accusations after Sudan said an Israeli air strike was behind the explosion.

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As payback for Khartoum raid, Hamas shoots Grad at Dimona reactor

On 6 Oct an Iranian drone flew over Israel & photographed the reactor building & its air defense system’s radar.

The data gathered was sent to Hamas to help aim its rocket attack on Dimona.

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Less than 24 hours after Sudanese President Omar Bashir pledged “decisive steps against Israeli interests which are now legitimate targets,” for the destruction of the Iranian missile plant in Khartoum, Palestinian rocket teams early Sunday, Oct. 28, fired Grad missiles as target finders against Israel’s nuclear reactor in Dimona. This is reported exclusively by debkafile. They exploded on open ground in the Ramat Negev district southwest of the town of Dimona.

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Khartoum ‘factory’: Not “Arms-factory” per se, but rather Iranian Weapons Dépôt

Analysis: Iran missiles destroyed in attack on Sudanese ‘factory’ would have threatened oil & gas drilling, Israeli ships & civilian centers, in the hands of Palestinians & Hezbollah

By Ron Ben-Yishai


All signs indicate that it was not an “arms factory” that was bombed in Sudan recently, but a huge shipment of advanced weapons and ammunition that was on its way from Iran to terror elements in Gaza. A reliable Western source says that even if a small number of these weapons systems would have reached the Hamas-ruled territory, they could have posed a major threat to Israel and the IDF. Continue Reading »