Deadly clashes between Ethiopian and Sudanese forces

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At least two people have been killed during clashes between Ethiopian militias and the Sudanese army along the shared border between the two countries.

A further nine people were reportedly injured during the clashes, including both soldiers and civilians, according to authorities in Sudan. Brigadier General Amer Mohamed Al Hassan of the Sudanese army said the militias backed by the Ethiopian army began attacking areas in Gadaref state in eastern Sudan on May 26, prompting a response from Sudanese forces.

Deadly clashes between Ethiopian and Sudanese forces

The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs offered its condolences to “the families of the victims of both countries” following the incident without denying or confirming whether Ethiopian soldiers crossed over the border into Sudan. However, Minister of Foreign Affairs Gedu Andargachew urged for a resolution to be sought through dialogue, insisting that there is no need for hostilities between the two countries.

“We are of the view that such incidents are best addressed through diplomatic discussion based on the cordial and friendly relation and peaceful coexistence between the two countries,” he said in a statement. “We believe that the incident does not represent the strong ties between the peoples of the two countries.”

Sudan and Ethiopia have been engaged in discussions over the demarcation of the border between the two countries.

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.