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Eritrea Forces Deployed in Disputed Sudan-Ethiopia Area, UN Says

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Bloomberg News

(Bloomberg) — Eritrean forces are present inside disputed territory that straddles the border between Ethiopia and Sudan, according to the United Nations.

The deployment in the so-called al-Fashqa triangle comes amid escalating tensions between Ethiopia and Sudan over control of the area of fertile farming land.

“The conflict along the border between Sudan and Ethiopia remains active, with Sudanese Armed Forces and Ethiopian — including Amhara militias — and Eritrean forces deployed around Barkhat settlement in Greater Fashaga and clashes reported since early March,” the UN said Tuesday in its latest situation report on Ethiopia.

Eritrean Information Minister Yemane Gebremeskel didn’t answer his phone when Bloomberg called seeking comment.

The report on the deployment came as Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed admitted for the first time that Eritrean forces have been backing his government’s forces in a conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. Answering questions posed by lawmakers in parliament on Tuesday, Abiy said he had no interest in escalating tensions with Sudan.

“Ethiopia also has many problems, and we are not ready to go to battle. We don’t need war,” he said in remarks translated into English for a live TV broadcast. “It is better to settle it in a peaceful manner.”

Tanks, Roads

Ethiopia and Sudan’s armies have deployed armaments including tanks and anti-aircraft batteries to the border region. Sudan is also building new roads to the border area to improve access during the rainy season that is due to begin in July.

Sudanese officials have discussed the al-Fashqa dispute with Saudi Arabian officials and this week welcomed an offer by the United Arab Emirates to mediate the border impasse as well as a disagreement between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Wednesday reiterated his call on the need to seek a binding legal agreement regulating the filling and operation of the dam. He stressed the necessity of avoiding unilateral measures that seek to impose a fait accompli, his office said in a statement.

READ: Egypt and Sudan Are Ganging Up on Ethiopia’s Dam: Amr Adly

The UN also said in its report that more than 140,000 people have been displaced from western Tigray since forces from Amhara occupied the area in November.

“The number of newly displaced people across the region continued to increase, with at least 1,000 people arriving daily in Shire,” the report said, referring to a town in northern part of Tigray.

2 Comments

  1. Eritreans (askaris-former italian slaves killed ethiopians supporting italian army)supported Italians to massacre soccallmed ethiopians and now they are in favor of your clan and your governlment. I;e you are infavor of invaders since your entrance to ethiopia. historically, eritreans are in favor of anyone who gave fraction of gold, money, at the xpense of killing fellow countrymen.
    This hypocrite man is always demonstrate his idiocy every time he streches out his hands and protrude his tongue . Let him remove this uniform. It is not a cloth we choose to take a selfie. It is a symbol of our fallen heros and beloved one’s who gave thier pricelss lives for our peace and collective identity.

    We haven’t expected only one measure(sanction) against a country and its leaders that destroys our land and create an everlasting hostility among nations and nationalities.

    From this kind of giant table , sanctioning Eritrea(land of incarnated devils) should not be served to our mind which is wounded by the killings of our beloved ones, and destruction of priceless heritages enedmic to Tigray.

    As you all know, our heritages and christian values are part and parcel of the global religious and secular history regadrdless of the type of religion, political view and cutural values we chose to maintain.

    donot kill even harm civilians regardless of their political and religious standing which might look different from you all. Last but not least, Donot kill and harm civilians who are from different and any tribe.

  2. meleskachew

    Please dont be hateful towards Eritreans. We love ethiopia, We are trying to civilise your animals and make you a good neighbour

    Thank you

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