A Sudanese official announced that the forces of his country’s army came under bombardment yesterday on the border strip in the state of Gedaref (eastern Sudan), while an Ethiopian source denied that there had been any border skirmishes with Sudan.
A Sudanese military source told Al-Jazeera that the bombing of Ethiopia targeted the army sites on the eastern border at Abu Tayyur district without inflicting any losses, indicating that the Sudanese army responded to the sources of the fire.
On the other hand, the official of the liaison office in the Ethiopian region of Amhara, Jizahzhou Mulunah Ababao, denied to the island that there had been military clashes between the Ethiopian and Sudanese forces.
The Ethiopian official described this news as desperate attempts to complicate the crisis and escalate the dispute, stressing Ethiopia’s adherence to legal and peaceful means to resolve the border dispute with Sudan.
And the Sudanese Prime Minister, Abdullah Hamdok, confirmed last Thursday to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, that his country’s army had spread within its borders with Ethiopia, and that Khartoum did not want a war with anyone.
The borders of the two countries witnessed several remarkable developments that were sparked by an armed attack against a Sudanese army force in Mount Turia (east) in mid-December.
Khartoum says that “Ethiopian militias” seize the lands of Sudanese farmers in the Fashaqa area after they were expelled from it by force of arms, accusing the Ethiopian army of supporting those gangs, which Addis Ababa denies, and says that these groups are outlaws.