Görkem ŞEKEROĞLU -TDO- The Sudanese army has said that some of its officers were attacked by “Ethiopian forces and militias” during a security patrol of the border region.
The army informed on Wednesday (16 December) that during the return of its forces from a patrol around Jabal Abutiour inside Sudan, they were ambushed by Ethiopian forces and militias inside Sudanese territory, as a result of which lives and equipment were lost. The Sudanese army did not provide details as to how many officers were killed.
Local residents said that reinforcements were being sent to the area, which is part of the Fashaqa locality where some Ethiopian refugees have been crossing the border area into Sudan. Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok also affirmed the incident in a tweet on Wednesday.
Fighting had started on November 4 between Ethiopia’s government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
Thousands of people are believed to have been killed and more than 950,000 displaced until now. Some 50,000 of these displaced persons passed into Sudan, according to United Nations figures.
Sudanese Prime Minister Hamdok visited Ethiopia briefly on Sunday and relayed his concerns about threats to Sudan’s security along its border with Tigray.