Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sudan's Arms Factory on Fire Again, Army Says

Sudan’s arms factory on fire again, army says

Tue Oct 30, 2012 5:23PM GMT

Fire has broken out again at the Sudanese arms factory that was recently targeted by an Israeli airstrike, Sudan’s army says.

"There is no new attack but the fire broke out again. It began in some places not tended by firemen before," Sudan’s official SUNA news agency quoted the Sudanese army spokesman Sawarmi Khaled Saad as saying.

Residents of the area also reported smoke over the Yarmouk military facility in the south of the capital Khartoum.

On October 24, Sudan's Minister of Information Ahmed Bilal Osman said that four Israeli warplanes attacked the factory, killing at least two people.

Hundreds of Sudanese staged a demonstration in Khartoum on the same day to protest against the airstrike, chanting chanted slogans against the Israeli regime and the United States, such as "Death to Israel" and "Remove Israel from the map."

On October 26, Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir said “The reckless behavior is a manifestation of Israel’s concerns and nervousness about the political and social upheavals in the region and about the progress in Sudan.”

He further pointed out that “Such aggressive acts by the Zionist entity could never force Khartoum to change its policies,” and reaffirmed the Sudanese nation’s determination to make “tough choice” in the face of challenges.

Sudan has also asked the United Nations Security Council to condemn Israel for violating the country’s sovereignty and bombing the factory, but the 15-member council has so far failed to take any actions.

The Tel Aviv regime has refused to comment on the incident. Israeli Minister for Military Affairs Ehud Barak has said that there is “nothing I can say about this subject.”

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