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Sudan Blames Israel for Blast at Arms Factory

Fire engulfs the Yarmouk ammunition factory in Khartoum, Sudan, October 24, 2012.
Fire engulfs the Yarmouk ammunition factory in Khartoum, Sudan, October 24, 2012.
The Sudanese government is blaming Israel for what it says was the bombing of an arms factory in the capital.

Sudan Information Minister Ahmed Balal Osman says he believes Israeli warplanes caused explosions and a huge fire at the Yarmouk manufacturing complex in Khartoum.

There has been no comment from Israeli officials.

Witnesses told a VOA reporter they saw two planes fly over the facility shortly before the blasts late Tuesday.

"What they say is that the plane, the first plane, shed light on the area and then it was followed by the sound of a rocket and then an explosion," said VOA reporter Ismail Kushkush.

Sudanese officials say there were no casualties.  Kushkush reports that according to local residents, at least one person was killed by shrapnel that fell on his home.

Sudan has blamed Israel for previous airstrikes and explosions in the country.  Israel has not commented on the accusations.

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by: Jason from: China
October 24, 2012 10:08 PM
I think the things Israel did are not right. It is a intruder. And I suggest all the Arab countries should union together to resist the power country surported by America. There are too many wars in the word currently.
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by: Godwin from: Nigeria
October 26, 2012 5:38 AM
Jason, you should be ashamed of yourself for making this illicit contribution. Do you understand the reason the ICJ charged the president of Sudan for crimes against humanity? Do you understand who is the hand of Ahmadinejad in Africa to arm terrorists now ravaging the continent? Are you not aware that the ME has been over-boiling because hamas has refused to let other countries in the region have peace just because they have ample supply of fire arms? Do you support the killings in the Sinai, Mali, Rwanda, DR Congo and Dafur? Who else buys Sudan's arms if not the terrorists? Israel has not owned up to that action, but if it does, the world should be both thankful and grateful to it for, by that action, reducing arms flow to the terrorists where Iran fails because of the sanctions that have limited its spread,

by: Darfur from: South Sudan
October 24, 2012 8:37 PM
God bless the children of the Lord... Amen. if they have done this they have saved thousands of Christians in Darfur... Justice comes from Jerusalem... and we praise the Lord... Amen!!!

by: Godwin from: Nigeria
October 24, 2012 1:01 PM
Silence, while golden, is also the best answer to a fool. Sudan should have told the world why they think Israel will lose a sleep over its arms factory. It should believe the drought in the east African countries is also caused by Israel.

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