KHARTOUM (Somaliguardian) – Sudanese and Ethiopian troops have clashed at the disputed Fashaqa triangle, days after the two countries increased military deployments to the border.
The two countries border guards exchanged heavy artillery and other weapons during a fighting triggered by Ethiopian artillery fire on Sudanese army positions on the border, local media in Khartoum has reported on Tuesday.
A Sudanese military source told Ultra Sudan website that attacks had been launched by Ethiopian troops and allied militias from Sudanese territory which has not yet been recovered, adding that troops are in their positions.
“The morale is high due to the frequent visits by the army leaders, represented by the Commander in Chief and Chairman of the Transitional Sovereignty Council, Lieutenant General Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan, the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, and Lieutenant General Shams Al-Din Al-Kabbashi and Lieutenant General Yasser Al-Atta and and [other] members of the Transitional Sovereignty Council,” the source said.
The source noted that the Ethiopian army and Amhara militias are currently inside Sudanese territories that have not yet been retaken and that the Sudanese forces had responded to their assaults.
“The Ethiopian forces carry out intermittent artillery bombardment, which confirms that these forces belong to the Ethiopian army and not the Shafta gangs that do not have artillery, which is available only to regular armies, and the Sudanese forces respond until this artillery is silenced,” another Sudanese military source told Sputnik News.
There have been no losses on the part of the Sudanese forces during recent exchanges of gunfire, the source said, denying reports that a high-ranking military officer was killed.
Both Sudan and Ethiopia have not officially commented on the recent clashes, which came days after Sudanese military regained control of a number agricultural settlements controlled by Amhara militias for decades.
On Sunday, the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Ethiopian troops had crossed into its border in an “act of aggression” and held Ethiopia responsible for the consequences of its troop incursion into Sudanese territory.
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