* Israel has not commented on arms factory fire
* New fire breaks out at plant on Monday
* Iran warships carry "message of peace and friendship"
KHARTOUM/DUBAI, Oct 29 Two Iranian warships
docked in Sudan on Monday, Iran's official IRNA news agency
reported, less than a week after Khartoum accused Israel of
attacking an arms factory in the Sudanese capital.
Two people were killed after fire broke out late on Tuesday
at the Yarmouk arms factory in the south of Khartoum. Sudanese
Information Minister Ahmed Belal Osman said four military planes
attacked the Yarmouk plant and Israel was behind it.
Asked by Israel's Channel Two News about Sudan's
accusations, Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said: "There is
nothing I can say about this subject."
IRNA said the helicopter carrier Khark and the destroyer
Shahid Naqdi were carrying "the message of peace and friendship
to neighbouring countries and were ensuring security for
shipping lanes against marine terrorism and piracy".
Iran's semi-official Fars news agency said the vessels
docked in Port Sudan on the Red Sea and the fleet's commanders
were scheduled to meet Sudanese navy commanders.
Also on Monday, a fresh fire broke out at the Yarmouk
compound, sending white smoke into the air, two witnesses said.
Sudan's armed forces spokesman was quoted in state media as
saying the fire was caused by the spread of flames into
different parts of the complex and not by any "hostile action".
Sudan, with close ties to Iran and Sunni jihadis, has long
been seen by Israel as a conduit for weapons smuggled to the
Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, via the Egyptian Sinai desert.
In May, Sudan's government said one person had been killed
after a car exploded in the eastern city of Port Sudan. It said
that explosion resembled a blast last year it had blamed on an
Israeli missile strike.
Israel declined to comment on the May incident or the 2011
blast, which killed two people. It also neither admitted nor
denied involvement in a similar incident in eastern Sudan in
Iran said in June it had plans to build more warships and
increase its presence in international waters, particularly to
protect its cargo ships around the world.
Pirates in the Gulf of Aden in January hijacked an Iranian
ship carrying 30,000 tonnes of petrochemical products to a North