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Families of two local sailors on U.S.S. Cole to get compensation

Posted at 5:12 PM, Feb 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-13 18:58:33-05

Twenty years after the U.S.S. Cole was bombed, Sudan has agreed to compensate the families of the victims.

In October 2000, 17 American sailors were killed in the attack on the naval warship in Yemen.

Aboard the U.S.S. Cole during the attack were Coastal Bend sailors Ronchester Santiago of Kingsville and Rockport native Gary Swenchonis Jr.

In 2014, a U.S. court concluded Sudan provided aid to Al-Qaeda, which carried out the attack.

Today, Sudan confirmed it will pay $30 million to the families.

Sudan's prime minister said the country accepted the settlement "only in order to be de-listed as a U.S. state sponsor of terrorism."

Negotiations are also underway for a settlement for the victims of the 1998 East Africa embassy bombings.