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African Union urges calm in Ethiopia-Sudan border dispute

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Seven Sudanese troopers and a civilian have been killed in a border dispute though Ethiopian authorities have denied its authorities troops’ duty

Seven Sudanese troopers and a civilian have been killed in a border dispute though Ethiopian authorities have denied its authorities troops’ duty

The African Union says it’s deeply involved by “the escalating military tension” between Ethiopia and Sudan after seven Sudanese troopers and a civilian have been killed in a border dispute.

The assertion on Wednesday by the chairman of the continent-wide group urged each nations to stop armed hostilities and maintain talks.

The incident occurred within the disputed space of al-Fashaqa, which is understood to Ethiopians as Alfashga.

Sudan’s Foreign Ministry reported the eight victims had been taken into Ethiopia after the troopers have been held captive in an space inside Sudan on June 22. A separate assertion from Sudan’s army described the killings as a “cowardly act” and mentioned Khartoum would retaliate.

Ethiopian authorities have denied its authorities troops have been accountable for the killings. A spokesman for the Ethiopian army blamed Sudanese forces for illegally getting into Ethiopia and clashing with a neighborhood militia.

“Independent investigations into the matter can be launched with the participation of the two sides,” Getinent Adane mentioned.

Residents of Tach Armacho, an Ethiopian city close to the Sudan border, instructed The Associated Press by cellphone that their space was hit by heavy artillery fired from Sudan till Tuesday afternoon.

Ties between the neighbouring nations have deteriorated in recent times amid a long-running border dispute over massive swathes of agricultural land within the al-Fashaqa space. Sudan insists the lands are inside its borders, in keeping with an settlement that demarcated the boundary between their territories within the early 1900s.

Sporadic clashes have erupted over the previous two years in that space, after Sudan mentioned it reclaimed most of its territory and known as on Ethiopia to withdraw troops from no less than two areas it says are inside Sudan.

In November, Sudan mentioned six of its troops have been killed in an assault by Ethiopian army and militia forces within the space. The two nations have held talks, most lately in Khartoum in December 2020, to settle the dispute over al-Fashaqa, however haven’t made progress.

Ethiopia, in flip, says Sudan took benefit of the lethal battle in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray area to enter Ethiopian territory. It has known as for Sudanese troops to return to positions they held earlier than combating erupted in Ethiopia’s Tigray area in November 2020, pitting Ethiopia’s federal forces towards regional fighters.

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