Sudanese security forces recently arrested a man said to be a key agent of Israeli intelligence in the country, it was reported on Saturday.

The unidentified man was reported to have in recent years provided Israel with information crucial to several airstrikes in Sudanese territory, attributed to the IAF but not confirmed by Israel, which are believed to have targeted Iranian arms shipments ultimately bound for the Gaza Strip.

According to The Sudan Tribune, which cited Sudanese pro-government newspaper Al-Intibaha, the detainee is an important player in an active Israeli spy network in Sudan, which is said to be under observation by the Sudanese government.

The suspected spy, and others in the network, are believed by Sudanese authorities to have fled Sudan and entered Israel as refugees via Sinai years ago, where they eventually received training from Israeli intelligence before being sent back to Africa as agents. The alleged agents reportedly were sent to neighboring South Sudan before sneaking into Sudan to conduct intelligence gathering.

Israel has long accused Sudan of being an intermediary in Iranian arms trafficking to Hamas in Gaza and elsewhere. Most recently, in early March Israeli forces intercepted the cargo ship Klos-C in Red Sea international waters. The ship was bound from Iran to Sudan and carried a sizable arsenal, including medium-range missiles, intended for Gaza.

In October 2012 Sudan accused Israel of carrying out an airstrike on the Yarmouk complex, a munitions factory outside the Sudanese capital of Khartoum. The explosion and fire that caused part of the facility’s destruction left at least two dead.

Israel has refused to officially comment on alleged IDF strikes outside of Israeli territory, including the Yarmouk attack.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.