(Bloomberg) — Ethiopia accused Sudanese troops of killing “many civilians” in recent fighting over contested land at the nations’ border.
Tensions between the two countries have escalated since conflict erupted in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region on Nov. 4, with several deadly clashes occurring on farming land in the al-Fashqa area that straddles the border.
“Ethiopia has observed that the Sudanese military forces have launched organized attacks by using heavy machine guns and armored convoys on the border areas,” Dina Mufti, spokesman for Ethiopia’s Foreign Ministry, told reporters on Tuesday. Ethiopian farmers in the region have had their properties looted, while “many civilians have been murdered and wounded,” he said.
Sudanese Foreign Minister Omar Qamar al-Din didn’t respond to requests for comment and calls to the North African nation’s Information Ministry and the Sudanese army went unanswered.