The Sudanese army on Wednesday shot down an Israeli drone following reports that Israeli fighter jets have hit sites around Sudan’s capital of Khartoum. The Israeli drone was shot down in the area of Wadi Seidna, to the North of Khartoum, the Sudanese army said, according to al-Mayadeen television.
The development came after reports said earlier in the day that Israeli warplanes had bombed a factory, claimed to be making long-range Scud missiles, a rocket storage site and a convoy that was leaving the site.
There are no immediate reports on the extent of the damage or the number of casualties caused by the air raids. A spokesperson for the Sudanese army has reportedly denied that Sudanese military sites were targeted in the air assaults.
In August an Israeli Hermes drone was shot down in the vicinity of Baghdad Airport, the second such loss in less than three days after another Israeli pilotless drone of the same model was shot down by Iranian troops in the Central parts of the country.
The Arabic-language Al-Mayadeen TV channel reported that an Israeli drone crashed near Baghdad Airport, adding that the unmanned aircraft was a Hermes Model. FNA correspondent in Baghdad reported that the US embassy security staff rushed to the crash site and collected the debris and the remains of the downed Israeli drone.
This was the third drone loss by the Israeli army in one month. The first drone was shot down by Palestinians in Gaza a few weeks earlier.
A former Pentagon official said the Israeli army was alarmed after the downing of its pilotless plane in Iraq and “put on hold all Hermes missions in regions where Iran or its allied forces are present”.
Iran’s ally, the Hezbollah Movement, has shot down several Israeli drones in Southern Lebanon in the last few years.
The former US military official, who asked to remain unnamed, reminded that Iran’s forces or its technology and weapons systems are present in several countries across the region, and the repeated downing of the same model of drones has now become meaningful to Israeli army analysts.
“Following the IDF decision, all Hermes missions will be halted in skies over Iran, Iraq, Syria, Palestinian territories and Lebanon,” he told FNA in August.
A few days earlier in August, Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) announced in a statement that it had shot down a similar Israeli drone near the highly sensitive nuclear enrichment facility in Natanz in Central Iran.
The IRGC Public Relations Department said in the statement that the Israeli pilotless aircraft was a radar-evading, stealth drone with the mission to spy on Iran’s Natanz nuclear enrichment plant.
Then in December 2015, Syria intercepted an Israeli spy drone in the province of Quneitra near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
“The drone was on a spying mission above the town of Hadar when it was shot down,” the Syrian television said.
The Syrian military sources noted that the Israeli drone was a Skylark I.
Quneitra has seen heavy fighting between forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and rebels including al-Qaeda-linked fighters.
Israel has struck Syria several times since the start of the latter’s nearly four-year war on terrorist groups.
Skylark I is a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by Israel’s Elbit Systems Company.
Iraq is currently experiencing special security conditions and the Iraqi army is engaged in military operations to take back the regions which are currently under the ISIL’s control.
The Iraqi army, tribesmen and volunteer forces are currently trying to push the ISIL out of Anbar province.
The ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently control shrinking swathes of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all communities, including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Ezadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq.
Senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in their country.
ISIL has links with Saudi intelligence and is believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime.