Aug 18, 2022

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Ethiopia denies Sudan claims of execution of soldiers, civilian

Ethiopia says it regrets the loss of life near its border with Sudan but has denied claims that its soldiers were involved, blaming local militia instead.

The government said on Monday said the fatal incident was due to skirmishes between Sudanese soldiers and a local militia on Ethiopian territory.

Sudan had accused the Ethiopian army of capturing and later executing seven of its soldiers and one civilian.< /p>

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But Ethiopia claims that a Sudanese unit, supported by Tigray rebels, had staged an incursion into its territory, leading to the skirmishes.

Farmers and herdsmen in the fertile, porous border region of al-Fashqa, which was occupied by the both neighboring countries, often against each other.

Addis Ababa said Sudan had misrepresented the facts and “wrongly blamed Ethiopia,” the foreign ministry said in a statement it released Monday afternoon.

Ethiopia says it will investigate the incident.

Khartoum is said to have filed a formal complaint with the UN Security Council.

Sudan’s military leader General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan visited the area and said , its “reaction would be felt on the ground” and that “no new movements or unauthorized intrusions would be allowed into Sudanese land.”

Ethiopia said it “hopes the Sudanese government will refrain from any escalation of the incident hold back and take action that could de-escalate the situation.”