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Hamas accuses Israel of Sudan blast

Ismail Haniya, the head of the Hamas government in the Gaza Strip, addresses the public during an open air morning prayer to celebrate Eid al-Fitr in Gaza City on August 19, 2012. AFP PHOTO/SAID KHATIB

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Ismail Haniya, head of the Hamas government in Gaza, accused Israel of an attack against a military factory in Sudan, in his sermon for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha on Friday.

"On my own behalf and on behalf of the government, we condemn the Zionist terrorism behind the bombing of a (military) factory in Sudan. We condemn this crime and this terrorism," Haniya said.

The attack "proves once again that Israel is an outlaw state sponsoring terrorism in the region and in the world."

Sudan on Wednesday accused Israel of bombing a military factory in Khartoum killing two people.

On Thursday, a senior Israeli defence ministry official called Sudan a "dangerous terrorist state," without denying or claiming the bombing of the factory.

In April 2011, Sudan also accused Israel of being behind a mysterious air raid against a vehicle that killed two in Port Sudan.

Israel did not comment on it and a similar raid was carried out by a foreign aircraft on a weapons convoy in eastern Sudan in January 2009.

Haniya also called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime to release its "grip" on Palestinians staying in camps in Syria and on "Syrian brothers seeking their freedom and dignity."

"We feel the pain of our (Palestinian) people in camps in Syria, of martyrs and wounded ... May the criminal hand release its grip on children of our Palestinian people in Syria," Haniya said.

Damascus has in the past supported Hamas by offering facilities in Syria but the Palestinian Islamist movement has backed Syrian rebels after the Palestinian refugee camps in the country became targets of bombings.

The ties between the two further ruptured following an attack against Khaled Meshaal, the political bureau head of Hamas, on Syrian television.

Meshaal angered Damascus by praising "the revolution of the Syrian people for freedom and democracy" when he participated in the congress of Turkey's ruling party.

 

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