Egyptian official: Cairo knew about air strike northwest of Port Sudan

Following reports that Israel had bombed one or more Gaza-bound arms convoys in January near Port Sudan, on the Red Sea, a senior Egyptian official was quoted as saying Friday that Cairo knew about an air strike northwest of the port. Speaking to A-Sharq Alawasat, the official emphasized, however, that Egypt had no knowledge of the attackers or the target. Meanwhile, an Egyptian military expert told the London-based newspaper that if the IAF had indeed bombed an arms convoy, it would not have needed to enter Egyptian airspace or to refuel on its way to Sudan. He said Israeli planes could have reached their target via the Gulf of Aqaba and flown over the Red Sea.