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World Sudan says Ethiopian forces crossed border, raising tensions

21:58  14 february  2021
21:58  14 february  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Ethiopian forces crossed into Sudanese territory in an act of "aggression", Sudan's foreign ministry said on Sunday, marking the latest flare-up in a long-standing border dispute.

a group of people in a garden: FILE PHOTO: Ethiopian women are seen in the Sudan-Ethiopia border area of al-Fashqa, in eastern Kassala state, Sudan © Reuters/EL TAYEB SIDDIG FILE PHOTO: Ethiopian women are seen in the Sudan-Ethiopia border area of al-Fashqa, in eastern Kassala state, Sudan

"Ethiopia's trespass into Sudanese land is an unfortunate and unacceptable escalation, which could have dangerous repercussions on security and stability in the region," the Sudanese foreign ministry said in a statement.

Ethiopian foreign ministry official spokesman Dina Mufti and state minister of foreign affairs Redwan Hussein could not immediately be reached for comment and did not return messages.

Sudan: tension rises in El Fasher after the death of two farmers

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The Ethiopian foreign ministry said on its Facebook page on Saturday that "Ambassador Dina called on the government of Sudan to stop plundering and displacing Ethiopian citizens that it has started as of November 6."

Dina said third party mediation was unneccesary once "the Sudanese army evacuates the area that it has forcefully occupied," the Ethiopian foreign ministry Facebook post added.

Ethiopia has also accused Sudan of crossing into its territory.

Clashes erupted late last year between Sudanese and Ethiopian forces over Al-Fashqa, an area of fertile land settled by Ethiopian farmers that Sudan says lies on the Sudanese side of a border demarcated at the start of the 20th century.

Sudan said last month that an Ethiopian aircraft had crossed the border, an allegation that Ethiopia denies.

(Reporting by Nayera Abdallah and Khalid Abdelaziz; Writing by Nafisa Eltahir; Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise and Alexander Smith)

About fifteen Ethiopian soldiers of the Minuss seek asylum in South Sudan .
© REUTERS / Jok Solomun Peacekeepers of the Minuss in Juba, August 31, 2016. At least fifteen Ethiopian soldiers of the UN peacekeeping operation in South Sudan requested asylum in Juba on Monday, as they were to be repatriated to Ethiopia. All are from the Ethiopian province of Tigray, where the federal authorities have been carrying out a military operation behind closed doors since November.

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