Sudan denies attack after ‘foreign’ planes said to hit military site

Sudan denies attack after ‘foreign’ planes said to hit military site

Witnesses claim jets hitting area near Khartoum may have been Israeli, but army spokesman says no strike, though anti-aircraft fire used on object in sky

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Officials and residents of the Sudanese city of Omdurman said foreign warplanes struck a military installation nearby late Tuesday night, a London-based Arabic news outlet reported early Wednesday.

However, a Sudanese army spokesperson denied that any Sudanese facilities had been struck, confirming only that anti-aircraft fire had been directed against an object in the sky.

Witnesses in Omdurman said they saw and heard large explosions at a military site near the city, which sits across the Nile River from the capital Khartoum, the Al-Araby news outlet reported.

Witnesses told the paper they thought the planes had come from Israel, which has been fingered for airstrikes in Sudan in the recent past.

The Israel Defense Forces did not immediately respond to the reports, Israel’s Army Radio reported.

According to the report, Sudanese forces fired anti-aircraft weapons at the planes.

A Sudanese official told al-Araby the explosions were the result of airstrikes from a “foreign entity.”

But. Col. Alsawarmi Khaled Sa’ad, a spokesman for the Sudanese military, told Sky News in Arabic that there had been no attack identified.

He said anti-aircraft fire had been shot at something in the sky resembling a missile or jet.

Early unconfirmed reports of the strike indicated the jets may have targeted a missile depot holding arms destined for terror group Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

In July 2014, Israeli planes targeted an ammunition warehouse in the same area holding weapons intended for Hamas, according to foreign media reports.

A mysterious explosion in the Yarmouk weapons plant in Khartoum in October 2012, which killed four people, was also believed to be the result of an Israeli airstrike targeting arms destined for Hamas.

Three airstrikes carried out in March 2009, and attributed to Israel in foreign media reports, destroyed a convoy of trucks in western Sudan reportedly carrying long-range Iranian missiles to the Gaza Strip.

Elhanan Miller and Suha Halifa contributed to this report.

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