According to several Sudanese media, six civilians were killed and two people were missing after further violence at the border with Ethiopia on Monday 11 January. The two neighbors accuse each other, and tensions continue to be high in the el-Fashaga triangle region, a fertile area that the two countries claim.
as reported from Nairobi, Sébastien Németh
Several Sudanese sources implicate Shifta. These Ethiopian militiamen, who are helping the army, allegedly attacked the village of Leya while the inhabitants were harvesting corn.
The Sudanese army is said to have intervened to repel the attackers, but Ethiopian soldiers are also said to have taken part in the clashes. Ethiopian fighter jets are also said to have flown over the area in a worrying development in this crisis, which continues to worsen.
The Sudanese army reportedly reported the bodies of slain civilians before burying them in the presence of military officials and residents.
This very fertile area has been partially occupied by Ethiopians for decades. But since the war in Tigray began, the military resources in Addis Ababa have been relocated to the north, and the Sudanese army took the opportunity to retake part of this land, the demarcation of which has never been clear …
This new incident sparked anger from the Sudanese governor of El Gedaref. Sulayman Ali stated that Khartoum “will not give up a square centimeter of territory”. He promised to “restore state authority across the border”, including a development plan to consolidate Sudan’s presence.
Dina Mufti, a spokeswoman for the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry, accused Sudan of continuing to expand its presence on Ethiopian territory. He said his country had tried to resolve the crisis peacefully, adding that war was not an option. However, Dina Mufti clarified that Ethiopian patience had its limits.