Sudan’s Military Retakes Agricultural Settlement on Border With Ethiopia


KHARTOUM (Somaliguardian) – Sudan’s military has retaken an agricultural settlement on a disputed land on the border with Ethiopia following fierce clashes with Ethiopian troops and Amhara militias, Al-Sharq newspaper has reported on Thursday.

Sudanese forces regained control of Shai Pet agricultural settlement, which had been occupied by Ethiopian troops and Amhara militias.

Sudanese military sources said the area 12 km south of the border town of Qallabat is now under full control of the army.

Casualties from the gun battle have not been immediately known.

Tensions over ownership of lands on the border between the two countries have been escalating since late last year amid fears that the dispute might embroil the two countries into an all-out war.

Khartoum claimed earlier this year that it had regained control of 80% of the disputed territory and vowed to continue operations to cleanse its border of Ethiopian troops.

Ethiopia has not immediately commented on the news of the fall of Shai Pet and it comes following accusations by the Ethiopian Amhara regional officials that Sudan has been fanning unrest in the war-wrecked Tigray region.

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