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Yarmouk munitions factory explosion
Part of Israel–Iran proxy conflict
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Type Air raid (unconfirmed)
Location Khartoum, Sudan
15°29′41″N 32°30′37″E / 15.494719°N 32.510406°E / 15.494719; 32.510406Coordinates: 15°29′41″N 32°30′37″E / 15.494719°N 32.510406°E / 15.494719; 32.510406
Target Yarmouk munitions factory
Date 23 October 2012
24:00 (UTC+3)
Casualties 2 killed
1 injured

On Tuesday 23 October 2012 at midnight local time (21:00 GMT) there was an explosion at the Yarmouk munitions factory, south of Khartoum, Sudan.[1] The factory had been built in 1996.[2] According to Khartoum state governor Abdel Rahman Al-Khidir the explosion probably happened at the main storage facility.[3] The resulting fire resulted in the death of two people and one person being injured. According to Sudanese opposition, the arms factory belonged to Iran's Revolutionary Guard.[4]

Ahmed Bilal Osman, Sudanese culture and information minister, blamed this on an airstrike by four Israeli aircraft. He claimed that Sudan found unexploded Israeli rockets.[5][6] Analysts say that Sudan is used as an arms-smuggling route to the Gaza Strip, which is governed by the Islamist militant organization Hamas.[7]

According to Sunday Times, this operation "was seen as a dry run for a forthcoming attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities".[8]

Analysis by military experts at the Satellite Sentinel Project suggested that the target may have been a batch of around 40 shipping containers, containing highly volatile cargo.[9]

Reaction[]

  •  Sudan Osman further said that Sudan has a "right to react"[6] and to strike Israel.[7] Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman, Sudanese ambassador to the UN, brought the case to the UN Security council.[5] He also claimed that Israel had violated Sudanese air space three times in recent years.[10] Three hundred people chanted outside of a government building "Death to Israel" and "Remove Israel from the map."[7]
  •  Israel On 24 October 2012 Amos Gilad, an Israeli defence official, said that "Sudan is a dangerous terrorist state" but refused to confirm an Israeli involvement.[5]
  •  Iran sent two Iranian warships to Sudan, where the fleet commanders met with Sudanese navy commanders.[11]

See also[]

  • Al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory — a pharmaceutical factory in Khartoum that was destroyed by a US cruise missile in 1998
  • 2009 Sudan airstrikes — two alleged Israeli airstrikes in Sudan in 2009

References[]

  1. "Sudan Accuses Israel of Bombing Khartoum Military Factory, Threatens Retaliation". Naharnet. 24 October 2012. http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/58081. 
  2. "Sudan threatens retaliation over alleged Israeli air strike". Guardian. 24 October 2012. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/oct/24/sudan-threatens-retaliation-alleged-israeli-air-strike. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  3. "Huge fire, explosions at military factory in Sudan capital". Sudan Tribune. 23 October 2012. http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article44310. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  4. Sudan opposition: Bombed arms factory belongs to Iran's Revolutionary Guard, Haaretz October 24, 2012.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Khartoum fire blamed on Israeli bombing". Al Jazeera. 25 October 2012. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2012/10/20121024142531802810.html. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Sudan blames Israel for Khartoum arms factory blast". BBC. 24 October 2012. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20050781. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Ulf Laessing, Khalid Abdelaziz (October 24, 2012). "Sudan blames Israeli air strike hit for munitions plant blasts". Reuters. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/24/us-sudan-planes-idUSBRE89N0WU20121024. Retrieved October 28, 2012. 
  8. "Israeli jets bomb Sudan missile site in dry run for Iran attack". Sunday Times. 28 October 2012. http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/world_news/Middle_East/article1156457.ece. 
  9. "Satellite pictures suggest Sudanese weapons factory hit by air strike". The Guardian. October 27, 2012. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/oct/27/sudan-weapons-factory-airstrike-israel. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  10. "Sudan arms factory blast: Khartoum to report Israel to UN". BBC. 25 October 2012. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20085540. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  11. "Iran's warships dock in Sudan: report". Reuters. October 30, 2012. http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE89T00M20121030?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews. Retrieved October 30, 2012. 

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