on Weapons, Munitions Factory
The Los Angeles Times
Sudan on Wednesday accused Israel of launching an airstrike that caused a large explosion at a munitions factory, killing two people, in a residential area of the capital, Khartoum.
Sudan Information Minister Ahmed Belal Osman said that four planes bombed the Yarmouk complex housing a military arms factory in the south of the capital and that an analysis of rocket debris from the explosion confirmed Israel was behind the attack.
"We think Israel did the bombing," Belal said. "We reserve the right to react at a place and time we choose."
Israeli government and military officials, who have been accused of other airstrikes in Sudan, declined to comment on Sudan's statement.
Analysts said such a strike by Israel would not be surprising given Israel's claims that Sudan is helping to arm Palestinian militants.
The Yarmouk arms factory was believed to be "part of the smuggling trail leading from Iran, Sudan, Egypt into the Sinai and finally into Gaza," said Ehud Yaari, Arab affairs commentator for Israel's Channel 2.
Israel has also raised alarms recently about sophisticated weapons that have been smuggled out of Libya since the collapse of Moammar Kadafi's regime. This month, militants in Gaza for the first time fired antiaircraft missiles at Israeli aircraft. Israelis suspect the weapon and others like it were smuggled from Libya.
Belal said the planes in the Sudan attack used sophisticated technology to evade antiaircraft systems. The Sudanese government would take the matter to the U.N. Security Council, he said...
Sudan has accused Israel of other attacks in recent years, including the bombing of a truck convoy allegedly carrying arms in eastern Sudan in 2009. Last year, Sudan accused Israel of an attack on a vehicle in the same area, which killed two people. A similar attack occurred in May, killing one.
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Editor's Note: Some reports indicate that this facility may have been used to manufacture chemical weapons.
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