Sep 19, 2021

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Sudan summons Ethiopia envoy over bodies found in river

Sudan recently summoned the Ethiopian ambassador for the recovery of bodies that Khartoum says were deceased Tigrayans from the river that borders the conflict-affected Tigray region in Ethiopia, state media reported on Wednesday / p>

Since the end of July, dozens of bodies have been recovered from the Setit River – known as Tekeze in Ethiopia – which, according to residents of Wad al-Hiliou in the eastern state of Kassala in Sudan, flows through the northern region of Tigray.

The “Foreign Ministry” of Sudan called the Ethiopian ambassador on August 30 against the backdrop of the Sudanese authorities who found 29 bodies in the Setit River between July 26 and August 8, “said the Ministry in a statement by the official SUNA news agency.

“The Ministry informed the ambassador that the bodies belonged to Ethiopian nationals of the Tigrayan ethnic group,” says d Arin were mostly bloated, d deformed, and had gunshot wounds or deep cuts.

But they also said that some corpses had tattoos in their language – Tigrinya.

Some corpses were missing body parts and almost all had their hands cuffed behind their backs, they said.

The bodies were discovered amid allegations of atrocities, ethnic cleansing and mass murders, including a massacre in the town of Humera, west of Tigray. < / p>

The Tekeze River flows through Humera.

The Ethiopian government rejected the allegations as “fabricated”.

Tigray has been the scene of a deadly conflict between Ethiopia since November Federal forces and the region’s ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, a 2019 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, said his troops marched into the region in response to TPLF attacks on army camps.

The fighting h But according to the United Nations, thousands killed and tens of thousands displaced in neighboring Sudan.

The escalating conflict has over the past few months the relationship between Khartoum and Addis Ababa over the use of a fertile border region, which claimed by Sudan, exacerbated by Ethiopian farmers.

The two countries are also at odds over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), which laid the foundation stone in 2011, a regional dispute over the water resources of the Nile which includes Egypt.

Both Egypt and Sudan are downstream from Ethiopia.

In late August, Ethiopian officials said they had an attack on GERD by armed groups, “who were trained and armed by Sudan” foiled.

Sudan flatly denied the allegations, saying they were “baseless”.