A Sudanese military source reported that the Sudanese armed forces were subjected to artillery shelling from inside Ethiopian territory, while Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed accused Mahhat – he did not name them – of seeking to distort the historical good-neighborly relations between Sudan and Ethiopia.
The source said to Al-Jazeera that the Sudanese armed forces were subjected to bombardment from yesterday evening, Wednesday, until Thursday morning, by Ethiopian militias, after a calm of about two days on the border between the two countries.
He added that the Sudanese armed forces responded to the Ethiopian attack, and did not retreat from their positions in the Jabal Umm Al-Bird area, which is about 15 km from the border between the two countries.
Al-Jazeera correspondent also quoted Sudanese military sources as confirming the presence of large military build-up of the Ethiopian army in the Ethiopian border region of Brecht, adjacent to the Al-Fashaqa Al-Kubra locality in the state of Gedaref (eastern Sudan).
A Sudanese-Ethiopian committee yesterday ended a round of joint talks in Khartoum on borders, and announced the holding of another round of negotiations in Addis Ababa (the date of which has not been set) after consultations between the leaderships of the two countries.
And in Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed accused Dahhat – he did not name it – of seeking to distort the historical good-neighborly relations between Sudan and Ethiopia.
In an Arabic statement posted on his Twitter account, Ahmed said, “These reckless and conspiring parties seek to sow suspicion and disunity between the governments of the two countries.”
He also accused it of planning, financing and implementing the recent confrontations that took place in the border areas between Ethiopia and Sudan.
– Abiy Ahmed Ali 🇪🇹 (@AbiyAhmedAli) December 24, 2020
Abiy Ahmed stressed that his government is determined to dry up the focus of differences and stop the clashes in the border areas permanently and decisively, noting that these clashes do not represent the desire of Sudan or Ethiopia, and do not amount to any form of coexistence between the two peoples.
About 26 years ago, Ethiopian gangs seized the lands of Sudanese farmers in the Fashaqa area after they were expelled from it by force of arms, and Khartoum accuses the Ethiopian army of supporting these gangs, but Addis Ababa usually denies this.
The Sudanese border with Ethiopia is witnessing a military escalation following repeated attacks by Ethiopian forces on the Sudanese army this year, which led to casualties, which prompted Sudan to launch military operations through which it regained large lands in the Al-Fashaka Al-Kubra area.