What we know about what Israel has found at Al-Shifa
Israel's raid of Al-Shifa, a pharmaceutical factory in Sudan, on August 20, 1998, did yield results. According to reports by the Institute for National Security Studies, a research institute at Tel Aviv University, and other sources, evidence was found confirming that the pharmaceutical factory had been manufacturing chemicals used to make chemical weapons, such as nerve agents used in mustard gas and the deadly chemical weapon VX. The evidence collected by Israel included gas masks, hundreds of barrels of precursor chemicals, and documents outlining the production of weapons-grade materials. Israel also found evidence that the factory had been procuring foreign-made chemicals from North Korea, Syria, and other countries that have been identified as supporting terrorism. Additionally, the Israeli Air Force bombed a factory that was believed to be making chemical weapons for use in terrorist attacks. The current status and condition of the factory is unclear.