Sudan army spokesman says fighting over past three days has left at least two people dead and nine wounded.
Sudanese general says a chance given for diplomacy before eruption of possible all-out war with Ethiopia!
Clashes between Sudan’s army and Ethiopian militias near the border with Ethiopia over the past three days have left at least two people dead, a spokesman for the Sudanese army said on Thursday.
In a televised statement, Brigadier General Amer Mohamed Al Hassan said that Ethiopian militias backed by the Ethiopian army had begun attacking areas in Gadaref state in eastern Sudan on 26 May.
“Backed by the Ethiopian army, the militias have attacked many areas along the border between Ethiopia and Sudan and have confiscated Sudanese resources,” Hassan said.
He said that at least two people had died and nine been wounded in the clashes, including soldiers and civilians.
“Between 26 May and 28 May, Ethiopian militias backed by the army have attacked the area of Al Birka in Sudan, but the Sudanese army has repulsed them,” said Hassan.
“But the clashes have continued and that has led to the wounding of three civilians and killing of one child. Also, one army officer has been killed and six other soldiers have been wounded.”
Referring to Gadaref, Sudan’s official SUNA news agency said: “Ethiopian militia penetrated through [the border] and attacked agricultural projects and clashed with military forces in Barkat Noreen camp.”
Sudan: Talks continue with Ethiopia on border tension
Sudan’s army said on Friday that diplomatic contacts with Ethiopia to contain border tensions were ongoing.
The Sudan’s army spokesman, General Amer Mohamed al-Hassan, said in a statement that one Sudanese officer had been killed and seven other soldiers injured due to attacks launched by Ethiopian militias backed by the Ethiopian army.
“We decided to give chance for diplomacy in Khartoum and Addis Abbas to calm the situation on the border strip before it turns into an all-out war between the two countries,” said al-Hassan.
He added that the recent attacks on Sudanese territory by the Ethiopian army and militias violated previous agreements between the two countries.
Al-Hassan called on Ethiopia to abide by its agreements with Sudan on their mutual boundaries, along with deployments of official forces on either side of the border.