Ethiopia denies launching an attack on Sudan and accuses Tigray rebels of being behind it

Ethiopia denied that it launched an attack on its border with Sudan recently, and blamed the border dispute between the two countries on rebels from the war-torn Tigray region. Sudan TV reported that the head of the Sovereignty Council, the army commander, Lieutenant-General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, arrived in Al-Fashqa, after the violent battles that took place in the area between Sudanese and Ethiopian forces, and the official TV said that the visit aims to “inspect the armed forces.”

This came after the Sudanese army announced the killing of a number of its members in an attack by Ethiopian forces and armed groups, in the fertile agricultural area of ​​Al-Fashqa.

Military sources reported that the battles that took place at dawn last Saturday on the border strip with Ethiopia resulted in the killing of 21 Sudanese forces and the wounding of at least 30 others. The confrontations erupted after the incursion of Ethiopian forces into Sudanese territory east of Barakat Noreen at the settlement of Melkamo at a depth of 17 kilometers. For years, Ethiopian farmers have been cultivating the Fashaqa area, which Sudan says lies within its territory.

However, in statements broadcast by official Ethiopian media, government spokesman Legisi Tolo denied the reports that the Ethiopian army had launched an attack on Sudan, considering them “unfounded.”

“A large group of rebels, bandits and terrorists entered (from Sudan),” he added, stressing that “the Ethiopian National Defense Force and the local militia eliminated them.”

Legisi Tolo said the TPLF was conducting training in Sudan and receiving support from unspecified “foreign backers”.

However, the Ethiopian government spokesman pointed out that Addis Ababa is keen to resolve the issue peacefully. “The National Defense Forces have no intention of launching an attack on any sovereign country,” he said, referring to the Ethiopian army.

“There are lands that have been invaded by the Sudanese forces. The government seeks to settle (the conflict) by a peaceful process through dialogue and negotiation.”

On the internal front, the Sudan Tribune news website reported that the authorities re-arrested at least seven officials in the previous government shortly after their release, and said that they were arrested under criminal reports that require investigation and detention.