The Sudan is becoming a hub of weapons smuggling Islamic militants. A now apparently destroyed by an Israeli air strike allegedly factory supplied Hamas.
By Norbert Jessen
The response of the Israeli Foreign Ministry on the air attack on an industrial plant in Sudan in the early hours of Wednesday turned out quite monosyllabic: “No comment.” In the Sudanese capital Khartoum Information Minister Bilal Osman of Israeli origin of the bombers but left no doubt: “In the morning, they attacked with four fighters from the east.”
But Osman commented not all: For example, that it is the industrial complex al-Yarmouk in the south of Khartoum is a weapons factory – built by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards to arm with the aim of the radical Islamic group Hamas in Gaza.
Arab media had in the past few years several reports, the factory Iranian Shahab missiles would be produced, which can be used depending on the design as a short-or medium-range missile.
Factory should include Iran’s Revolutionary Guards
The Tehran government was in a hurry anyway, immediately requested the Sudan after a “trial and punishment of Israel,” the UN Security Council to join. Sudan’s immediate neighbors, such as Egypt and Ethiopia, however, remained calm: Again, the development of the Sudan in recent years pursued a hub of weapons smuggling Islamic militants with anxious attention.
Members of the Al-Quds special forces – virtually the foreign department of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard – not only organize the smuggling of weapons into Gaza from neighboring states, they also work as an instructor of the Sudanese army. The Israeli newspaper “Haaretz” writes information to the Sudanese opposition heard the factory bombed the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.
The weapons, which should be passed from there to Hamas come therefore from Libya, captured after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi. Among them are anti-aircraft missiles are, among other modern SA-24.
“Again and again, explosions were heard”
More than one hour on the night of Wednesday, the entire telecommunications Khartoum was disrupted. “Again and again, explosions were heard everywhere and flew rockets”, a Sudanese journalist reported Thursday on the back working phone a “Haaretz” reporter. “But as phones and radios had failed, we had long no idea what happened.”
The media in Israel had no more doubts about Israeli start airports bombers as in the Sudan. Obviously, in any event as the arrival of the flight remained undisturbed even when the routes and the overflown countries are not known.
Remained undisturbed already warplanes bombed in January 2009, a convoy of arms smugglers in northern Sudan. At that time it was reported of 119 deaths. In April 2011, put a cruise missile a car with two known arms smugglers in Port Sudan in eastern Sudan on fire. Little international attention in Sudan were explosions that destroyed much the same facilities as the in Khartoum in January, February and May 2012.
“No existential problem for Israel”
“The plant in Khartoum presented no existential problem for Israel,” former Mossad chief Shabtai Schavit said Thursday the radio station Kol Israel. “But if the automatic weapons and grenade launchers from there to the Gaza Strip, they become a serious problem.” He mentioned no Shahab missiles.
According to the Sudanese Minister Osman put the arms factory “no breach of international conventions” represents But the international community appreciates the gray area in the fight against terrorists who seek coverage in the wake of sovereign states, a more and more unfavorable to the terrorists.
The ruling Hamas in the Gaza Strip revealed this week by a major attack with 80 missiles against Israel usual militant. They claimed responsibility for the attack, this time there together with the other – at least formally – independently on the Salafi militias.
Hamas maintains her face
Sun preserved Hamas her face as a spearhead of all Islamist forces against Israel. But on Thursday was just a grenade at Southern Israel, without causing any damage. Only hours before the attack in Khartoum the Emir of Qatar had visited Gaza as the first Arab leader. This diplomatic success, the Hamas government apparently wants to not endanger a military adventure.
Upon returning to the unofficial truce between Hamas and Israel open the new government of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo mediated. Ideological cohesion of the small daughter Islamist Hamas in Gaza continues.
Politically and militarily, the mother organization in Cairo but holds the reins tightly. Hamas would threaten by a too-tight connection to Tehran their growing political recognition in the Arab world soon.
Words of appreciation for Mohammed Mursi
Israel’s government has just beginning the campaign also not interested in a major offensive with unpredictable output. The U.S. campaign acts as a brake to a severe reaction to the attacks from the Gaza Strip, although this has recently felt through the increased occurrence unpredictable Salafist militia were increasing. The situation remains volatile.
Despite, or perhaps because on Thursday found Israeli Vice Premier Silvan Shalom appreciative words for the new rulers in Cairo: “The government of Mohammed Mursi goes against arms smuggling in the Sinai Peninsula before even harder than predecessor Hosni Mubarak,” Shalom said Thursday the radio Kol Israel, “our military cooperation with Egypt is currently continuing unabated.”