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      Sudanese VP Says Country Stands with Hamas, Doesn't Fear Israel

      The vice-president of Sudan announced Sunday that his country does not fear Israel and will stand by the Islamist Hamas movement.
      By Rachel Hirshfeld
      First Publish: 11/4/2012, 5:05 PM

      Iranian Navy destroyer Shahid Naqdi is pictured at Port Sudan
      Iranian Navy destroyer Shahid Naqdi is pictured at Port Sudan
      Reuters

      The vice president of Sudan announced Sunday that his country does not fear Israel and will stand by the Islamist Hamas movement.

      "We announce that we will support Hamas... and we will not fear Israeli aggression," Vice President Al-Haj Adam Youssef said, according to an SMS news alert from the official Radio Omdurman.

      Khartoum accused Israel of sending four radar evading aircraft to strike the Yarmouk military factory, which exploded and burst into flames in the heart of Khartoum at midnight on October 23.

      Sudan's foreign ministry continues to accuse Israel of trying to spread "fabricated information" to provide reasons for its "aggression".

      "This includes talk about claimed relations between the Al-Yarmouk compound and Iran and Syria, and the Hamas Islamic struggle movement in Palestine, and Hizbullah in Lebanon,” the ministry alleged.

      Ismail Haniya, head of Hamas in Gaza, also condemned "the Zionist terrorism behind the bombing of a (military) factory in Sudan."

      While Israel has not commented on the allegations, Israeli officials have repeatedly expressed concern about arms smuggling through Sudan and have long accused Khartoum of serving as a base of support for Hamas terrorists.

      Meanwhile, two Iranian warships docked in a Sudanese port last week, highlighting the military ties between Sudan and the Islamic Republic, and prompting speculation that the stay was related to the arms factory blast. Sudan denied such speculations, claiming the visit was "routine."