Sudan Military Repels Ethiopian Soldiers  After They Advanced Into Territory

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Sudan Military Repels Ethiopian Soldiers  After They Advanced Into Territory

The Sudanese Army says it has repelled an attempted “incursion” by Ethiopian troops into its territory in the district of Umm Barakit.

Umm Barakit sits within the disputed al-Fashaga border region, where there has been increased tension.

For decades, Ethiopians there have been farming on fertile land claimed by Sudan.

Sudan has been stationing troops in the wider al-Fashaga region since the end of last year, and the UN stated earlier this year that Eritrean troops, Ethiopian troops and ethnic Amhara militia where also operating in the disputed region.

Relations between Sudan and Ethiopia have further deteriorated since Ethiopia started filling a giant dam on the River Nile before war broke out in its northern Tigray region.

Reaction to the repelled incursion, the head of the Sudanese military, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, said this showed how the army was protecting the country after last week’s coup attempt.

An Al-Jazeera report quotes Ethiopian government sources as saying: “We deny the movement of our forces on the Sudanese border or their incursion into any area.”

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