Clashes started by militias backed by the Ethiopian military caused the death of a Sudanese military officer – Reuters/Umit Bektas
CAIRO – 29 May 2020: Clashes started by militias backed by the Ethiopian military caused the death of a Sudanese military officer and the loss of one of the troops in Sudan near the eastern borders, the Sudanese Armed Forces said.
This took place when Ethiopian militia forces entered Sudanese territories and attacked agricultural projects in Barakat Norein and Al-Forsan village on the Sudanese-Ethiopian border, state news agency SUNA reported Thursday.
The Sudanese military force in Barakat Norein camp clashed with the Ethiopian militia while a commander was killed and a number of soldiers and civilians were wounded in the attack.
Military reinforcements sent to the area repulsed the attack and chased the perpetrators beyond the joint borders.
Sudan's Armed Forces Spokesman Amer Mohamed al-Hassan announced that an Ethiopian militia backed by the Ethiopian army has continued encroachment on Sudan’s territories and resources.
The harvest and agricultural seasons usually witness violations and encroachment by Ethiopian militias that are not controlled by Ethiopian authorities, but the Sudanese army spokesman has pointed out that the recent aggression was supported by the Ethiopian forces.
Hassan said that Ethiopian officers and a mayor of one of the Ethiopian areas have asked for a meeting with some Sudanese troops to ask for cultivating some lands inside the Sudanese territory. He added that this offer was totally rejected. Therefore, the mayor threatened to forcefully introduce Ethiopian machinery and farmers into Sudanese projects.
Additional reporting by MENA