Sudan Defends Attempts to Attack Ethiopian Troops on Border

Sudan’s military on Sunday (26/9) said it had repelled an attempted attack by Ethiopian troops on the border area between the two countries.

Ethiopian troops were forced to withdraw from the Umm Barakit area, the military said in a statement, without providing further details.

Sudan’s army chief, General Abdel Fattah Al Burhan, told reporters that the incident took place last Saturday (25/9). He added that it showed how the military protected the country after the coup attempt in Khartoum last week.

Colonel Getnet Adane, a spokesman for the Ethiopian military, did not immediately comment on the incident.

Tensions along the Sudanese and Ethiopian borders have escalated since the outbreak of conflict in the Tigray region, in northern Ethiopia, last year. Tens of thousands of Tigray residents have fled to eastern Sudan.

The tension has focused on a fertile agricultural area known as Al Fashqa, an area on the disputed border between the two countries. [em/jm]

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