Sudan army says a number of troopers killed in Ethiopian assault

Military sources inform Reuters a minimum of six Sudanese troopers have been killed in an assault in a disputed border area.

Sudan’s army says a number of Sudanese troopers have been killed in an assault by Ethiopian forces in a disputed border area.

In an announcement on Saturday, Sudan’s army mentioned “our forces tasked with securing the harvest in Al-Fashaqa… were attacked by groups of Ethiopian army forces and militias, who sought to intimidate farmers and spoil the harvest season.”

Sudanese troops “repelled the attack” and “inflicted heavy losses in lives and equipment” on the Ethiopian facet, it mentioned.

But the assault left “several killed” amongst Sudanese forces, it mentioned, with out giving a loss of life toll.

The Reuters information company, citing army sources, mentioned a minimum of six troopers had been killed within the assault.

Ethiopian officers couldn’t be instantly reached for remark.

Al-Fashaqa is a border zone lengthy cultivated by Ethiopian farmers however claimed by Sudan.

The zone, which additionally borders Ethiopia’s troubled Tigray area, has seen sporadic lethal clashes between the 2 sides over the previous years, however escalated final 12 months.

Tensions rose after preventing erupted in Tigray in November 2020 and despatched tens of 1000’s of refugees fleeing into Sudan.

Khartoum and Addis Ababa have since been locked in a tense confrontation over the area, buying and selling accusations of violence and territorial violations.

The border dispute feeds into wider tensions within the area, together with over Ethiopia’s controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile.

Sudan, together with Egypt, has been locked in a bitter dispute over the mega-dam for a decade.

Both downstream nations, depending on the river for many of their water, see it as an existential risk.

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