October 24th, 2012
11:30 AM ET

Sudan blames Israel for weapons factory blast

Sudan says Israel bombed a weapons factory overnight, killing two people.

Sudanese officials originally said the explosion took place inside the facility near a residential area in southern Khartoum.  But by afternoon, officials announced that the blast came after four airplanes flew overhead.  A resident told CNN he saw two planes and a flash of light coming from them, followed by the sounds of rockets being fired.

“We think Israel did the bombing… to weaken the sovereignty of Sudan and its political will," Information Minister Ahmed Bilal told journalists.

The Israeli military told CNN it had no comment on the accusations.

Sudan has previously blamed Israel for attacks on smugglers bringing weapons into Gaza for use in attacks against Israel.

Meanwhile, as dozens of Palestinian rockets rained down on southern Israel today, the country's air force carried out new raids on positions in Gaza.

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  1. Mike

    1. What possible stake could Israel have in what goes on in Sudan? It's not like Sudan could be planning a ground invasion, since they'd have to go through Egypt to get there. Sudan doesn't have a credible Air Force (at least, not one that could win a confrontation against Israel OR Egypt, which they'd have to fly over to get to Israel), and they have no delivery systems for any sort of weapons that could make it to Israel from Sudan.

    2. Assuming Israel DID bomb a weapons factory in Sudan for some reason: good for them. Less weapons in the hands of people who view genocide as a good and logical way to rule their nation can only be a good thing. The fact that Sudan allowed South Sudan to declare independence and form its own country (under international pressure), and then changed its mind and decided to go to war against its new Southern neighbor is something that deserves to be punished.

    October 24, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ibuk

    This was Israel's practice run, ready for when they start world war 3. Unfortunately Israel will not as usual have any consequences for their war mongering aggression. Egypt, Jordan or Saudi Arabia should have shot these idiots down for violating there airspace.

    October 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Steve

    Hey, they're 'jews' with US backing – they can do pretty much whatever they want, lol it's just a matter of time before they 'attack' Iran & then the rest of the Arab countries will band together to do away with this 'loose cannon' in the mideast

    October 24, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Portland tony

    That raid says a lot about the technology gap between certain middle eastern countries. The Sudanese didn't even know they were attacked until hours after the bombing!

    October 24, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BOMBO ©

    Well done. Do it again.

    October 24, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Hide Behind

    The policys of "official Israel" towards not just the Palestinians but other Arab groups indide Israel proper are nothing less than genocideThe recent wave of destruction of Bedoin vilages and rebuilding them to be replaced bu Jewish immigrants and Israeli citizena is a good example.
    In their Kinneset meetings their intent is to remove them so as not toallow a concentration of Arabs inone area.t
    The actualreason publicly stated was they breed to fast and would over populate theZionist state.
    Nothing wrong with that I guess we inUS have been doing it to native americans for centuries.

    October 24, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      This is absolutely horrible! I wonder why Israeli Arabs did not move out yet... Even more puzzling is the fact that millions of Arabs outside Israel are demanding the "right of return" to the Zi0nist state... apparently, the Arabs just LOVE to be subjected to genocide, live as 3rd rate citizens, etc. Any guesses?

      October 24, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joseph Blough

    If Israel did attack Sudan, the attack was an act of war by Israel against a sovereign UN member state. I would hope that the UN would hold an emergency session and pass a chapter 7 resolution to punish Israel for its aggression trough freezing assets and sanctions etc., but the US would no doubt block such actions leaving Sudan with no option but to retaliate against Israel to defend itself and its sovereignty.

    October 24, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Israeli

      sure, right after the emergency session regarding the ROCKETS they manufactured there meant for Israeli cities...

      October 24, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      Joseph... Sudan is a member of the Arab League and a signatory of the (still current) Khartoum Resolution of 1967 that officially declared a war on Israel stating that there will be NO recognition of Israel, NO negotiations with Israel and NO peace. Even if it was Israel that bombed the Sudanese weapons factory it was a legitimate act of war DURING A WAR.

      October 24, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph Blough

      There is no state of war between Israel and the Arab states non-Thinker23, so if it turns out that Israel did commit an act of war against Sudan, a sovereign state, then it would demand the UN take action to punish Israel for its act of aggression.

      The world cannot have rogue terrorist states like Israel bombing other UN member nations without paying a stiff price for their aggression, but if the UN takes no action, then Israelis should expect there will be some form of Sudanese retaliation, and rightfully so. .

      October 24, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOJO

      Does it means anything to you that in the last few days Israeli chlidren couldn't go to school and were many hours in shelters?
      Does children in your city have the same problem?
      I guess you also justify the actions of Sudan during the genocide in Darpur? Maybe also Hitler was a nice guy in your view.

      October 25, 2012 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      Joseph... Read the 1967 Khartoum Resolution of the Arab League and tell the Arab League that YOU know better... LOL.

      October 25, 2012 at 5:31 am | Report abuse |
    • bigdakine

      Joe, sorry to disappoint you, but a state of war exists between all arabs states and Israel with the exceptions of Egypt and Jordan, which have signed fomal peace agreements and have diplomatci relations.. At least the Koreas have an armistice with recognized boundaires. Israel doesn't even have that.

      Second lets be clear; this attack was in North Sudan. Israel and South Sudan recognize each other and have
      trade and other agrreements.


      October 25, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. brentonstrine

    In 4th grade we learned that reporters are supposed to answer Who What Where When Why? This article doesn't even make an attempt at informing us. Why on earth would Israel bomb this place? What was bombed? Why would Sudan accuse Israel? Come on, this is sorry journalism.

    October 24, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. VladT

    Sad that all it takes is a mishap to happen in a muslim country's factory, they blame Israel with no proof, and give cannon fodder to all the anti-israel paeons.

    My car didn't start today....I blame Israel. Cut off their funding ( even though the funding provides returns to the US, i.e. money, medicine, technology, etc ). What has the money that the US funneled into Egypt and Pakistan given back to us? People who use our money but then want to kill us?

    But yeah, a pox on Israel. A pox I say!

    October 25, 2012 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. mike

    Israel once again bullying the region. They have superior weapons courtesy of the USA and the US tax payers debt, yet any one in the region who attempts to produce weapons get beat down. Bullying at it finest.

    October 25, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. I Hate The Haters

    LOL @ the scrubs here defending Sudan.

    October 26, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. michael

    This attack by Israel is a violation of international law. But when it comes to Israel what else is new.

    October 28, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
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    November 4, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
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