Sudan blames Israel for arms factory explosion

By Sahar Zivan, October 25, 2012
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The sun setting over Khartoum (Photo: Ahmed Rabea)

The sun setting over Khartoum (Photo: Ahmed Rabea)

The Sudanese government has blamed Israel for explosions at an arms factory in Khartoum in which two people were killed. Sudanese Information Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman made the accusation to reporters in Khartoum and said: “We reserve the right to react at a place and time we choose.”

This is not the first time the Sudanese government has blamed Israel for such attacks. In April 2011, Khartoum accused Israel of carrying out a targeted air strike which killed two people in a car near the city of Port Sudan. In 2009, Sudan pointed the finger of blame at Israel for a strike on a convoy in the north-east of the country.

Witnesses in the area of this latest incident reported seeing aircraft overhead before the explosions. They also said that there were two or three fires with intermittent flashes of white light at the scene of the Yarmouk factory, which was said by Mr Osman to make “traditional weapons”.

Israel has refused to comment on any of the cases, including the newest one, neither confirming nor denying the reports.

Last updated: 10:44am, October 25 2012