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2012 | Al-Yarmook factory bombing - October 23

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Fire engulfs the Yarmouk ammunitions factory in Khartoum on 24 October 2012 (Photo: Reuters)

At around midnight on Tuesday 23 October 2012 there was a massive explosion at the Al-Yarmook factory in the southern suburbs of Khartoum.

Officials in Khartoum initially said the explosion was caused by an internal and accident, despite rumours by at the sound of rockets in the air.

However, on Wednesday 24 October the Sudanese government announced that it had evidence that an Israeli airstrike was responsible for the explosion and warned that it reserves the right to respond.

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Sudanese demonstrators hold banners and chant anti-Israeli slogans during a protest in Khartoum on October 24, 2012, as the Sudanese cabinet prepared to hold an urgent meeting regarding the Israeli missile strike that hit a military factory. Sudan has accused Israel of the attack and has threatened to take action.

Tel Aviv as is usual with such allegations refused to comment on the issue.

The Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) claimed after the explosions that their military may have been infiltrated in order to provide intelligence to Israel.


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