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Sudanese Factory Hit in Airstrike, Say Experts

Satellite images of the aftermath of the explosion in Sudan suggest the site was hit in an airstrike, says the Satellite Sentinel Project.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 10/28/2012, 2:31 AM

Sudanese protesters hold banners and chant anti-Israel slogans
Sudanese protesters hold banners and chant anti-Israel slogans
Reuters

Satellite images of the aftermath of an explosion at a Sudanese weapons factory this past week suggest the site was hit in an airstrike, a U.S. monitoring group said Saturday.

The images released by the Satellite Sentinel Project to The Associated Press on Saturday showed six 52-foot wide craters near the epicenter of Wednesday's explosion at the compound.

Military experts consulted by the project found the craters are "consistent with large impact craters created by air-delivered munitions,” according to Satellite Sentinel Project spokesman Jonathan Hutson.

Sudan has blamed Israel for the attack on the factory, located in the capital Khartoum, saying that evidence pointing to Israel was found among remnants of the explosives.

The country’s envoy to the UN later demanded that the UN Security Council condemn Israel over the attack on the weapons factory.

On Saturday, Sudan's Information Minister, Ahmed Bilal Osman, warned that his country would take "resolute steps" against Israeli interests following the bombing.

Osman told the BBC that his country now sees Israeli interests as legitimate targets for attack.

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mashaal have condemned Israel for the attack.

Israel has not officially commented on the incident, but a retired Israeli defense official told Reuters on Thursday that Israel has been monitoring arms trafficking through Sudan in an attempt to "stem the flow of arms (to Sinai and Gaza) without triggering major confrontations.”

Foreign intelligence sources told the Reuters news agency that Israel had also carried out an unmanned drone raid on a convoy south of Khartoum. The sources claimed the strike destroyed 200 tons of munitions, including rockets, that were intended for Gaza.