Monitoring group says Sudan factory was hit from air


(JTA) — Satellite images show that a weapons factory in Khartoum was hit by an airstrike, according to a U.S. group monitoring Sudan.

The Satellite Sentinel Project released to The Associated Press over the weekend satellite images that show crates consistent with an airstrike, which Sudan is blaming on Israel. Sudan said that the four military planes that attacked the plant on Oct. 23 belonged to Israel and they were seen entering the country’s airspace from the east. 

Israel has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in the attack.

Sudan "reserves the right to strike back at Israel," Information Minister Ahmed Belal Osman said shortly after explosions ripped through the factory. AP quoted him as saying his government would take "more decisive steps" against Israeli interests, which he called "legitimate targets" in the aftermath of the attack.

Last December, Sudan accused Israel of attacking a weapons convoy traveling from Sudan to the Gaza Strip, and in 2009 of a similar attack, as well as targeting a car carrying a high-ranking Hamas official last spring and other targeted attacks on vehicles.

Sudan reportedly is a transit spot for weapons smuggling, particularly to Gaza through Egypt, and a center for al-Qaida terrorists.

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