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Sudanese defense minister vows to repel any future attack by Israel

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April 9, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese defense minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein commented for the first time on the air strike that took place near the coastal city of Port Sudan that was blamed on Israel.

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Sudanese defense minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein inspecting wreckage of car that was destroyed in air strike April 9, 2011 (SMC)

Hussein was quoted by the Sudanese Media Center (SMC) as saying that the government "is aware of all the dimensions related to the incident".

He was speaking during his visit today to Port Sudan along with a high-level military delegation from the defense ministry to inspect units stationed in the Red Sea state and also examine the scene of the attack against a Hyundai Sonata vehicle killing its two passengers.

The victims were identified as Eissa Ahmed Hadab from Al-Amrar tribe and his personal driver Ahmed Gibreel.

The government denied any links between the two men and Islamist groups.

Gibreel was a businessmen from an Egyptian-Sudanese tribe in Red Sea state who had lived in Egypt for many years before returning to Sudan in 2009, a political activist in the region told Agence France Presse (AFP). Hadab, the car’s driver, was a fisherman and also from eastern Sudan, the activist added.

It was initially believed that Israel’s plot targeted a Palestinian military commander in the Islamic militant group Hamas by the name of Abdel-Latif Al-Ashqar who was reportedly responsible for operations related to acquiring armaments.

But Al-Ashqar’s uncle told reporters that his nephew escaped the assassination attempt.

The Sudanese defense minister who paid condolences to the families of the victims said that he discussed with security agencies the precautions taken to prevent the repetition of such attacks and vowed to secure the Red Sea area despite having long coastlines.

Hussein claimed that the attack took place because of Sudan’s commitment to Islamic Sharia’a law and the cause of the Palestinian people. He pledged to the citizens of the state that the army will "stop violations by the Mossad [Israeli intelligence] in East Sudan".

The top military official met with air defense commanders and stopped by the Flamingo military base to review the air defenses.

The army spokesperson Al-Sawarmi Khalid who accompanied Hussein told SMC that the air strike was carried out by two planes that entered Sudan’s air space using jamming technology and bombed the car in two minutes before heading back.

He made no mention of Sudanese air defenses firing at the planes as was reported earlier this week by SMC.

The Sudanese foreign ministry also issued a statement with further details saying that two Israeli Apache helicopters fired rockets and bullets into the vehicle. It added that three rockets were found at the scene that did not explode as well as ballistics.

The ministry revealed that it has launched a diplomatic offensive to get Arab, African and Islamic support through contacting the respective regional organizations. The Sudanese ambassador at the United Nations is working on drafting a formal complaint to present to the UN Security council (UNSC), the statement added.

Furthermore, the ministry said that Sudan will bring up the issue before the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to condemn the Israeli aggression.

Israeli officials including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have neither confirmed nor denied their involvement in line with its long-standing policy of maintaining silence on its external operations.

However, Israeli intelligence sources told AFP on Thursday that a truck carrying weapons, which was being escorted by the car, had been hit in the strike. Photos from the scene only showed the car and no mention was made of a separate truck.

U.S. State Department leaked cables showed Washington warned Sudan in January 2009 not to allow the delivery of unspecified Iranian arms that were expected to be passed to Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

It was around that time when Israel launched a discreet air strike against an arms convoy in East Sudan that was exposed only two months later. Sudan at the time said that 119 illegal immigrants who were trying to sneak into Europe were killed as a result.

Last month, the Egyptian media quoting army sources said that it had shelled a convoy of vehicles laden with arms near the Sudanese border. No further details were given and Khartoum has reportedly asked for clarifications from Cairo.

Officials in Khartoum are worried that this incident may stall a process that was intimated this year by the United States to remove Sudan from the countries that sponsor terrorism which as promised as a reward for facilitating the referendum in the South and recognizing its results.

To be eligible for de-listing, Sudan is required not to be supporting international terrorism for the preceding six months and providing assurance it will not support such acts in the future

Khartoum enjoys good relations with Hamas and its leaders frequently visit Sudan and meet with senior government officials. It is hailed in state media as a resistance movement against the Jewish state.

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  • 10 April 2011 07:06, by mayom maboung marek

    esay to say, but difficult to be done

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    • 10 April 2011 11:19, by Omoni jr

      hahaha,kinda funny,mr. Abdel Rahim,just hit the nail on your damn head.what are you going to do? are you going to attack the state of jews too? I know if you start doing that, which mean you relocated your family to Suadi Arabia or Iran,and let our innocent sudanese face the death by mighty Israelis fighter jets. If you want to face the music ,just go a head.
      we will watch you closely...........

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  • 10 April 2011 07:08, by Bol Deng

    Islamic Khartoum is has no capacity to warn Israel.
    You better keep quite.

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    • 10 April 2011 08:02, by Marco A. Wek

      Well, Mr. Defense minister, why wait for the third one when you people are always quick to hit back on the Sudanese people when they are asking for their basic rights? Why not use your superior air-force that you used against South Sudan as well as against Darfur? Is your air-force only superior on your people when you are scared to death to retake Halib from Egypt and hit back in Tel Aviv or any city or town in Isreal whom you suspect?

      What a coward army nation? See them watching at the wreckage like women and talking the empty talks as usual. Your empty threats will not stop Israel from targeting the terrorists that you people are supplying with weapons and suicidal training? Good luck with your empty threats towards other nations when you have zero tolerance towards your people.

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  • 10 April 2011 07:46, by Ahmed

    It can be done, What is Israel gonna do if Sudan shoots one of its planes entering Sudan airspace?? declare another war on Sudan????.. Sudan is not as weak as some of you think, USA been fighting rebels or Al queada for decades and haven’t got a single result don’t hold Sudan war with the rebels against it they are more equipped then even Taliban.

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    • 10 April 2011 08:17, by Marco A. Wek

      Yes brother Ahmed, tell those ladies watching the wreckage to shoot down Israeli air fighter jet or let them even send their own air fighter jet to strike in Israel and that will ease the pain they are in now. I am sure the Mujadeen will be a 100% ready to sign up to fight the Israelis. How about Defa-Achabi ( National Popular Defense Forces) readiness for jihad just like they were doing in the South? Have they given up going to jena( paradise) ?

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      • 10 April 2011 08:38, by Peter Nhiany

        It is good for those who put themselves to be used and weapons’ transporter to get kill. There is not better life the other.

        Sudan will continue to deny having any link with Hamas or its affilliates but the rocketing will continue to rain on them when identified.

        USA should think about its position on lifting Sudan off economic sanction and removing it name from the list of terrorists and countries that sponsor terrorists. This would be a be mistake for Washington if they really implement the said.

        Bashir is sneaky and should not be rewarded doing nothing. What has the Jews state did to anybody that those knuckle heads dirty bastard politicians in some Arabs countries are against them? It is just hatred for now good reasons. Worship your God and nobody give a damn about what you are worshiping. Respect the Jews and their land.

        Peter Nhiany.

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    • 10 April 2011 12:14, by amon

      @Ahmed

      Ahmed are asking what the Israeli gonna do? They will F*#*$@ck you and the terrorist sponsor regime in Khartoum in one minute. Just keep on provoking the children of God, you’ll see another 98 soon. This time it’ll the palace not chemical factory again.

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      • 10 April 2011 18:15, by Ahmed

        @amon

        why are you talking like that, why is every word that come out of your barbaric people is an insult

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  • 10 April 2011 08:32, by Ahmed

    Sudan does more harm to Israel in smart way, Just arm hamas they are only meters away from Israels most populous district.. Why not take short cut.
    @Marco, Sudan is enough internal problems to go seeking outside problems. If Sudan wants a war with a foreign nation Sudan would of declared war on Uganda,Eritrea and Ethiopia long time ago

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    • 10 April 2011 08:59, by Murle Intellectual

      I want the Israeli Mosad to contact me. I have become recently interested in arming myself and others to defeat the arrogant terrorist islamist arabs in the region. Let us join efforts to make sure such attacks continue untill ’jallaaba’ will flee back to where the came from. murle22@yahoo.com

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      • 10 April 2011 10:28, by Born to Achieve

        Mr:Defend minister,

        Stop chickening around,dont start something you can’t finish,khartoum has been playing a big role in maturing the terriorsim across the glob.

        As far as i can remmber i have been hearing your statement about waging war aganis Israel sinc long time,but upto naw you failed to implement it,that simply tells me that you afraid of Isael.

        Lastly,practice what you preach otherwise people will preach what you practice, say no to terriorsim in Sudan.

        Think positive.

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    • 10 April 2011 11:30, by Marco A. Wek

      No No No brother, you are deadly wrong, North Sudan does more harm to the Palestinians people instead of what you called A SMART HARM TO ISRAEL. Do you know how many palestinians are killed when your stupid Hamas fire their useless rockets to Israel? If you do, you wouldn’t say what you said but one thing is certain with Arabs and the Arabized Africans like you is to support the so called Arab Muslim brothers by mouth and encourage them to their dooms day.

      Look what happened to Saddam Hussein and his family. He, too was blindly encouraged by people like you when he was helping you with weapons to fight the SPLA, however, when he was in trouble those of you were as quiet as if you people have not existed on earth. What a shame? And how many Israelis have Hamas killed with the weapons you people have given them so far Mr. Ahmed? If you people are admitting of sponsoring terrorists, then why on earth would you want your name to remove from states that sponsor terrorism? Is it not interesting to be a theif while you don’t to be called a theif? Of you sugar coat lemons with sugar, one may taste that sugary taste for a short period and sooner one can feel the lemon sour taste, amen brother Ahmed? Anyway good luck with your smart harm to Israel but you are making poor Palestinians pay dearly.

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      • 10 April 2011 11:36, by Marco A. Wek

        Sorry, mistyping, I meant to type if you sugar coat .

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    • 10 April 2011 12:26, by amon

      @Ahmed

      LOL! long time ago but now that the oil is gone what are you going to use to sponsor your terrorism with against those countries? You Arabs, why do you like hatred and terrorism? why do you want to fight the war that you not win just like what the Hamas is doing in Gaza, bringing more death and suffering to their people. Are you addicted to terrorism, hatred and violence?

      Do not look for trouble when the trouble is not looking for you (arabs), just enjoy living in the tents in those deserts.

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      • 10 April 2011 17:03, by Malith Rual

        Should it be true for the minister to respond as he said, haha North Sudanese will tell us who drink such useless beer?
        And for those supporting what they doesn’t even know fully, shut that dirty mouth off.

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  • 10 April 2011 20:44, by Zewde

    Good for Israel. Everyone knows that the target was involved in arms to the terrorists Hamas, who terrorize not just Israel but their own people too.

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