For decades, tensions between the two countries have eased in the disputed Al-Fashqa region (located on the Sudanese side of Sudan’s disputed border). On Wednesday, the situation escalated further after the Sudanese accused Ethiopian military aircraft of violating Sudan’s airspace.
Visited the eastern Gedaref state where Al-Fashqa is located on Wednesday. The Chairman of the Transitional Sovereignty Council and Lieutenant General Abdul-Fattah Al-Burhan, Commander-in-Chief of the Sudanese Armed Forces Soldiers stationed at the border.
He said: “Until we prove our rights by force, sincerity or any other means, all of us will be firm. This is our land, and we have the legal right to defend and protect it by all possible means. ”
A video of Burhan’s remarks posted on the TSC Facebook page shows that he told Sudan that Sudan will not retreat from military confrontation.
“How long must we endure? Everything has a limit, and this situation has exceeded the limit. This is our land, and we are all willing to die for this land until the last person stands up.”
Mufti said: “How long will Ethiopia continue to resolve this issue through diplomatic means? Well, there is no limit. Everything has limits.”
The Ethiopian government has not yet responded to CNN’s request for comment. An Ethiopian military spokesperson told AFP that he had no “actual information” regarding the Sudan’s allegations and the border situation was “normal” on Wednesday.
An Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) spokesperson told CNN that more than 80 civilians were killed in an attack on the border on Tuesday.
“The information we received indicated that more than 80 civilians were massacred in the Metkel area of Benisangur-Gumuz in the early morning attack,” Aaron Marsau said.
The EHRC claims to be an “independent national” agency, but is still collecting detailed information and did not disclose who might have launched the attack.
“Such serious incidents have been taking place for too long. There is no choice but to strengthen the security presence in the area and strengthen coordination between the federal and regional authorities. The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission has made this call, and again. ”
Since November, the Ethiopian government has been conducting military operations in the Tigri region, which borders Sudan. Civil society groups in Sudan told CNN that they worry that the escalating tensions between the two countries will only further exacerbate the division of the region.