Sudanese armed forces fired heavy artillery during clashes in a disputed eastern region on the border with Ethiopia, an Ethiopian official said on Tuesday (June 28), according to Reuters. The two countries are in a long-running dispute over their border, with Khartoum recalling his ambassador from Addis Ababa on Monday after accusing Ethiopia of “executing” seven soldiers and a Sudanese civilian.
Tensions are rising on the border between Sudan and Ethiopia, in an area claimed by the two countries. According to Ethiopian official quoted by ReutersSudanese forces are said to have fired heavy artillery during clashes in the area.
On the same day, Sudan captured Jabal Kala al-Laban, an area near the disputed border, after an artillery bombardment and an air strike, according to a Sudanese military source requesting anonymity. , because she was not authorized to speak to the press.
Monday, June 27 in the evening, Khartoum had already recalled its ambassador to Addis Ababa after accusing the Ethiopian army of “executing” seven soldiers and a Sudanese civilian. According to Khartoum, the Sudanese soldiers were returned to Ethiopia after being captured on June 22 by Ethiopian soldiers in the area of Al-Fashaga, fertile land in the Sudanese state of Gedaref (east), subject to border conflict between the two countries.
Accusations were denied by the Ethiopian army on Tuesday afternoon, according to AFP, which claims to operate “in accordance with the law”: “It is completely unacceptable for Sudan to accuse (the Ethiopian army) of killing prisoners while not present in the area.” of facts, explained on Tuesday to the press the head of public relations for the Ethiopian defense forces, Colonel Getnet Adane.
On the contrary, Addis Ababa claims that it was the Sudanese soldiers who entered Ethiopian territory. And the Ethiopian federal army assures that they met a local militia and not its soldiers, absent in the area. “If the Ethiopian army had been present in the area, it would have treated them in accordance with the law, that is a distinguishing feature” for the Ethiopian army, Colonel Getnet Adane insisted.
Khartoum has also announced that it is submitting a complaint to the UN Security Council and regional organizations.
Collisions, sometimes fatal, are regular in the triangle area Al-Fashaga. They have intensified since the end of 2020 and the war between Addis Ababa and the rebels of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
Sudan and Ethiopia are not never reached an agreement on the course of their border. In addition, they have disagreed for more than ten years about the great renaissance dam (Gerd) built by Ethiopia on the Nile.
(With Reuters & AFP)