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Israel attack on Sudan

Sixteen-meter craters at the site of Wednesday’s Sudanese weapons factory explosion point to a surgical airstrike, a US-based monitoring group said. Earlier, Khartoum accused Israel of destroying the plant, reserving the right to retaliate.

The shots released by the Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) to the Associated Press support the Sudanese government’s accusation that the Yarmouk military complex had been bombed. The blast on October 23 caused the ammunition to explode for hours, threatening homes in the neighborhood adjacent to the factory and causing chaos among residents. Two people were killed and many others suffered from smoke inhalation.

Experts consulted by the SSP have confirmed air bombardment of the site which destroyed the complex.

Military specialists found the site, “consistent with large impact craters created by air-delivered munitions,” Satellite Sentinel Project spokesman Jonathan Hutson told the AP.

The group also said that the images indicate that the explosion “destroyed two buildings and heavily damaged at least 21 others,” adding that there was no sign of fire damage at the fuel depot inside the military complex.

The observed craters were centred in the area of the complex where some 40 shipment containers had been stacked, the SSP further noted.

“If the explosions resulted from a rocket or missile attack against material stored in the shipping containers, then it was an effective surgical strike that totally destroyed any container” that was at the location, the project said.

SSP did not comment on the allegations of Israeli involvement in the destruction of the munitions plant.

Initial official reports from the accident suggested an accidental explosion in a storage room, but Sudan later blamed Israel for launching the attack. “We believe that Israel is behind it,” said Information Minister Ahmed Belal Osman, adding that the planes had approached from the east.

Tel Aviv has so far neither confirmed nor denied striking the site, but has accused Sudan of being a key transit partner in supplying Hamas and Hezbollah with weapons.

Israeli officials suggest that arms smuggled to Gaza and Lebanon originate in the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas then get to Sudan before crossing Sinai desert into Gaza through underground.

 This satellite picture released by DigitalGlobe on October 26, 2012 shows the Yarmouk military manufacturing facility in Khartoum (AFP Photo / DigitalGlobe)
This satellite picture released by DigitalGlobe on October 26, 2012 shows the Yarmouk military manufacturing facility in Khartoum.

Sudan accuses Israel of bombing weapons factory, threatens to retaliate

Israel was behind the bombing of a military factory that killed two people, claims Sudanese Information Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman. Now, the Arab North African state is threatening to respond in kind.

“We think Israel did the bombing,” Osman told a news conference, adding that Sudan reserves “the right to react at a place and time we choose.” He also told reporters that his government may take the issue up with the United Nations Security Council.

The minister said four planes were involved in the attack at the Yarmouk military manufacturing facility in south Khartoum, and claimed evidence recovered at the scene points to Israel’s involvement.

The Yarmouk complex was built in 1996, and is one of two known state-owned weapons manufacturing facilities in the Sudanese capital.

Residents from the area told local newspapers that they saw planes flying overhead just before the explosion. The blast blew roofs off houses, shattered windows and set nearby trees ablaze. Several people suffered from smoke exposure.

Thick smoke blackened the sky over the complex, and firefighters fought the blaze for hours.

It’s not the first time Sudanese officials have blamed such an incident on Israel.

One person was killed when a car blew up on the country’s Red Sea coast in May, about a year after Sudan blamed Israel for an air strike on a vehicle in the same area. Witnesses to the May incident said they heard a big blast that set the car ablaze and left two holes in the ground.

In January 2009, foreign aircraft struck a truck convoy reportedly laden with weapons in the country’s east, killing dozens. The shipment was rumored to be headed for Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, though Sudanese parliamentarians denied the claims.

Osman told the news conference that his country was certain the previous attacks were ordered by the Israeli government. “The main purpose is to frustrate our military capabilities and stop any development there and ultimately weaken our national sovereignty,” he said.

Israel, as is its policy, has neither admitted nor denied carrying out the attack.

Robert Naiman, the policy director form ‘Just Foreign Policy’, told RT that even though Sudan is threatening to retaliate, it will not do so immediately, and will first try to resolve the issue diplomatically.

“The first thing I expect Sudan to do – what Sudan is already doing, according to local news reports, is to reach out to regional institutions and urge the Security Council to condemn the attack. They’re talking to the Arab League, they’re presenting their evidence that this was indeed an Israeli attack, of which some evidence has been reported….I think in the short run, the threat of actual military retaliation from the Sudanese is rhetorical.”

Khartoum is seeking the removal of United States sanctions imposed in 1997 over support for international terrorism, its human rights record and other concerns.

In 1998, US cruise missiles bombed a Khartoum pharmaceutical factory suspected of links to al-Qaeda in the wake of the terrorist group’s bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people.

Onlookers gather to looks at a huge fire that engulf the Yarmouk ammunition factory in Khartoum October 24, 2012 (Reuters / Stringer)
Onlookers gather to looks at a huge fire that engulf the Yarmouk ammunition factory in Khartoum October 24, 2012.

Onlookers gather to looks at a huge fire that engulf the Yarmouk ammunition factory in Khartoum October 24, 2012 (Reuters / Stringer)
Onlookers gather to looks at a huge fire that engulf the Yarmouk ammunition factory in Khartoum October 24, 2012.

Onlookers gather to looks at a huge fire that engulf the Yarmouk ammunition factory in Khartoum October 24, 2012 (Reuters / Stringer)
Onlookers gather to looks at a huge fire that engulf the Yarmouk ammunition factory in Khartoum October 24, 2012.

Fire engulf the Yarmouk ammunition factory in Khartoum October 24, 2012 (Reuters / Stringer)
Fire engulf the Yarmouk ammunition factory in Khartoum October 24, 2012.

Source: http://rt.com/news/sudan-military-factory-attack-156/
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2 comments

  1. Whoops forgot to say one of the sure signs an explosion was a micro nuke is things catching fire from the flash, like people said the trees did in this article.
    P.s. the really huge car bombs are sometimes nukes, and the Bali bombing sure fits the mold.

  2. No way was that a normal air raid – the biggest bomb the Israelis can deliver is only 750 kg I think – no way do you make “Sixteen METER” craters with that sort of bomb.
    The Israelis used one or two of those Cool “new” things – “tactical nukes”
    Get used to it folks, it’s out of the closet now. Israel has recycled their famous “200 Nukes” into thousands of Micro-Nukes. I think Israel did this as a demonstration/threat to Iran.
    Seriously though Sudan is Doomed from the start – see this quote:

    Following the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, there are now only five nations in the world left without a Rothschild owned central bank: Iran; North Korea; Sudan; Cuba; and Libya. Interestingly the satellite state of Israel, more commonly known as the United States government chooses to refer to these countries as, “rogue nations.”

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