Satellite images suggest Sudan site destroyed by airstrike

Sudan blames Israel for bombing Khartoum military complex & killing 2 people

Sudan’s Minister of Information: Israeli interests are now ‘legitimate targets’ after alleged strike.


A U.S. monitoring group says satellite images of the aftermath of an explosion at a Sudanese weapons factory suggest that the site was hit by an airstrike.

The Yarmouk military complex in Khartoum, Sudan seen in a satellite image made on Oct. 25 2012.

The Yarmouk military complex in Khartoum, Sudan seen in a satellite image made on Oct. 25 2012, following the alleged attack. – Photo: AP

The Sudanese government has accused Israel of bombing its Yarmouk military complex in Khartoum last week, killing two people and leaving the factory in ruins.

The images, released by the Satellite Sentinel Project to The Associated
Press on Saturday, showed several 52-foot (16-meter) wide craters. A spokesman for the project, Jonathan Hutson, said military experts found the craters to be “consistent with large impact craters created by air-delivered munitions.”

Sudan, which analysts say is used as an arms smuggling route to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip via neighboring Egypt, has blamed Israel for such strikes in the past, but Israel has always either refused to comment or said it neither admitted nor denied involvement.

On Friday, Sudan’s President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir said that Israel carried out the strike in reaction to changes in the region.

Screenshot of SSP images of Yarmouk military complex in Khartoum before and after the explosion.

“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 of Sudan,” the Kuwait News Agency (Kuna) reported him as saying, in an address to the nation on the occasion of the Muslim celebration of Eid Al-Adha.

“Such aggressive acts by the Zionist entity could never force Khartoum to change its policies,” he added.

Sudan’s Minister of Information Ahmed Belal Othman, meanwhile, said that the Sudanese government would take “more decisive steps” against Israeli interests, which he described as “legitimate targets” for Sudan following the alleged strike.

Othman also told reporters that evidence at the site pointed to Israeli involvement in the incident.

“The sophisticated warplanes and weapons used in the attack are available to no country in the region except Israel; the radar systems of Khartoum airport were neutralized shortly ahead of the airstrike,” he said according to the Kuwaiti news agency’s report.


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