Sudan’s armed forces have fired heavy artillery during clashes in a troubled eastern region bordering Ethiopia, an Ethiopian official said, the latest salvo in a long-running feud over their shared border.
On Tuesday, Sudan was able to capture Jabal Kala al Laban, an area near the border, following an artillery barrage and an air strike, according to a Sudanese military source who requested anonymity as they were not authorised to talk to the press.
Two local residents said the Sudanese army had gained control of Jabal Kala al Laban and had destroyed a military base there. It was unclear if the base belonged to the Ethiopian army or an allied forces.
A Sudanese military spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment. Ethiopia’s government spokesperson Legesse Tulu did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
UN calls for peace
Ethiopian military officials referred Reuters to a statement issued on Monday that described a previous border clash but did not comment on the reported shelling.
In a statement, Sudan’s military disputed what it said were reports of movements and the taking of prisoners.
Secretary General Antonio Guterres “urges the two countries to take concrete steps to defuse tensions and to peacefully resolve their differences over the Al Fashaga border area,” he added.
Quarrel over Al Fashaga
Legally Sudanese, Al Fashaga territory has long been used by Ethiopian farmers according to an arrangement between the two countries.
Amid periodic clashes and attacks in the area since 2014, this arrangement was finally dissolved with the deployment of Sudanese troops in November 2020.