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WABA
10-24-2012, 09:44 PM
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Sudan threatens retaliation over alleged Israeli air strike

Minister warns that Khartoum 'reserves the right to strike back' after blaming Israel for attack on Yarmouk arms complex


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Fire raging at the Yarmouk arms complex in Sudan's capital, Khartoum. The Sudanese government blames the incident on Israel. Photograph: Reuters

Sudan (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/sudan) has warned that it has the right to retaliate after accusing Israel (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/israel) of carrying out an air strike on an arms factory, causing a huge explosion that killed two people.

Ahmed Belal Osman, the Sudanese information minister, said that bombs from four aircraft struck a complex and triggered a blast that rocked the capital, Khartoum, before dawn on Wednesday.

"Four planes coming from the east bombed the Yarmouk industrial complex," Belal told a press conference. "They used sophisticated technology … We believe that Israel is behind it."
Belal recalled a 2009 attack on an arms convoy in the Red Sea province in eastern Sudan, resulting in scores of deaths, which his government also blamed on Israel.

"We are now certain that this flagrant attack was authorised by the same state of Israel," he added. "The main purpose is to frustrate our military capabilities and stop any development there, and ultimately weaken our national sovereignty.
"Sudan reserves the right to strike back at Israel."

Officials showed journalists a video in which a huge crater could be seen next to two destroyed buildings and what appeared to be a rocket lying on the ground. Belal said an analysis of rocket debris and other material on the ground had shown that Israel was behind the attack.
Sudan may take the issue to the UN security council, he added.

The Israeli Defence Forces and foreign ministry both declined to comment on the Sudanese claim. Israel has a track record of carrying out operations against hostile states, but rarely acknowledges such actions. It has no diplomatic relationship with Sudan, and believes the country to have a role in arms trafficking to militant groups in Gaza.

"It has been widely acknowledged that shipments of weapons are crossing Sudan on their way to Gaza," said an Israeli government source. The weapons were not thought to originate in Sudan but Khartoum was allowing trafficking to happen, he said.

Khartoum has blamed Israel for previous attacks over recent years. In April 2011, two people were killed when a car was struck by a missile near Port Sudan (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-12986864)."This is not the first time things have been attributed to us," said the Israeli government source.

The powerful blast at the Yarmouk complex, which was built in 1996, sent exploding ammunition flying through the air. Local resident Abdelgadir Mohammed, 31, said a loud roar of what they believed was a plane prompted him and his brother to step outside their house at around midnight.

"At first we thought it was more than one plane," he told the Associated Press. "Then we thought it was a plane crashing because of how sharp the sound was. Then we saw a flash of light, and after it came a really loud sound. It was an explosion."

Mohammed said the explosion caused panic among the residents of the heavily populated low-income neighbourhood. Many fled to open spaces, fearing their homes were collapsing. He said ammunition was flying out of the factory into the air and falling inside homes.

"It was a double whammy, the explosion at the factory and then the ammunition flying into the neighborhood. The ground shook. Some homes were badly damaged. The walls of our home cracked, so we left our house to sleep elsewhere. When we came back this morning, our beds and furniture were covered in ashes."

Thick smoke blackened the sky over the complex, and firefighters needed more than two hours to extinguish the fire.

Sudanese army spokesman Sawarmy Khaled said two people were killed and another was seriously injured. Others suffered from smoke inhalation.
The US imposed economic, trade and financial sanctions against Sudan in 1997, citing the government's support for terrorism, including its sheltering of Osama bin Laden in Khartoum the mid-1990s.

Elizabeth
10-25-2012, 12:25 PM
If Israel did this, good for them. Sudan needs more of the same. They are already known for being in cahoots with Hamas/Hezbollah and that Iran runs their arms though them.

Sudan is a waste of space. The lack of action on Sudan has been embarrassing.

The human rights violations, mass murders and hub of Islamic evil, used to spread throughout Africa is appalling. It is so bad, that even a liberal like George Cloony recognizes the eivl within Sudan's borders. That means it is really bad.

Zeus
10-25-2012, 05:44 PM
We are always made a scapegoat but I do hope our country was behind this strike.

Am Israel Chai!

WABA
10-25-2012, 09:56 PM
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Israeli operations in Sudan aimed at disrupting Gaza arms trade, officials say:yup:


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Sudan damage

Abd Raouf/AP A Sudanese man shows the damage in his home Wednesday caused by an artillery shell in Khartoum, Sudan, following an explosion and fire at a military factory south of the capital. At least two people were killed as ammunition flew through the air. Senior Israeli officials on Thursday accused Sudan of playing a key role in an Iranian-backed network of arms shipments to hostile Arab militant groups across the Middle East.

JERUSALEM—Israeli intelligence officials say their military has been conducting operations inside Sudan for several years in an effort to disrupt weapons supplies and training for militants in the Gaza Strip — hinting that Israel could be responsible for Wednesday’s bombing of a weapons factory in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum.

“It would be in Israel’s interest to hit a factory that was a major source of weapons for the Gaza Strip, no?” said one official on Thursday who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to discuss Israel’s operations in Sudan.

“Sudan has long been a playground for militants, and for Israel it would be important to send the message that they cannot use Sudan as a way station for their arms and training camps,” the official added.

Publicly, Israeli officials have declined to comment on Sudanese government accusations that Israel had bombed the Yarmouk industrial complex. Amos Gilad, a top Israeli Defence Ministry official, in an interview with Israeli army radio Thursday would say only that Sudan is a “dangerous terrorist state” and that it would take time to understand what had happened in Khartoum.

But several Israeli intelligence sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that Israel “had an interest” in targeting the factory and that Israel had been active in Sudan for years.

“We have a presence there, our intelligence arm has a presence in any country in which militants plot terror against the state of Israel,” said the intelligence official who had referred to Sudan as a “playground for militants.” “Over the last five years I would say our presence there has increased in parallel with the presence of terror groups.”

The official said that Sudan has become a “major throughway” for the transfer of weapons to militants in Gaza, and that the Islamist Hamas movement operated freely in Sudan.

Analysts also noted that striking at Sudan would be useful for Israel’s development of its capabilities for hitting nuclear facilities in Iran.

“After all, we must consider that Sudan is more than 500 kilometres further for an Israeli plane to travel than the potential strike on Iran, and the logistical difficulties would have some similarities,” said Amir Buhbot, a military analyst for the Walla news website.

The admission that Israel had carried out military operations in Sudan added another country to the list of nations where Israel is believed in recent years to have carried out assassinations and military operations, from Iran to Dubai.

Israeli officials generally respond to reports of those actions with a smile and a wink — refusing to publicly acknowledge the work of its spy agency, the Mossad, overseas, but repeating promises to target terrorists “wherever they may hide.”