An Ethiopian government spokesman denied Sudanese allegations that the army had attacked Sudan, describing them as “baseless”.
Ethiopia denied it launched an offensive over the weekend along its shared border with Sudan, blaming the unrest in the disputed region on rebels in the war-ravaged region of Tigray.
in a. Saturday, Sudanese army said “Several” soldiers were killed in an attack by armed groups and militias linked to the Ethiopian army in the fertile area known as Fashaqa.
The area has long been a source of tension between Addis Ababa and Khartoum, sparking bloody clashes over the past year.
But in comments broadcast by state media on Sunday, Ethiopian government spokesman Legisi Tolo denied the allegations that the army attacked Sudan, calling them “baseless”.
Instead, he blamed the violence on the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, the fighting group that has been waging a horrific war against Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government since November 2020 and claims to be moving closer to the capital, Addis Ababa.
A large group of rebels, bandits and terrorists entered [from Sudan]Legis said in remarks broadcast by the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation, without providing evidence.
“The Ethiopian National Defense Forces and local militias destroyed them,” he added.
Legis also said that the TPG had been training in Sudan and receiving support from unspecified “foreign backers”.
Ethiopian farmers have been farming the land in Fashaqa for years, although Sudan claims it lies within its territory.
In November 2020, while Abiy sent troops into Tigray to remove the Tigray Liberation Front, Khartoum was centered on Fashaqa, a move Addis Ababa described as an invasion.
However, Legisi said Ethiopia is keen to resolve the issue peacefully.
“The Ethiopian National Defense Forces do not have an agenda to launch an attack on any sovereign country,” he said, referring to the military.
There is a land invaded by Sudanese forces. The government is sitting down to solve [the dispute] In a peaceful process, through dialogue and negotiations.”
The war in northern Ethiopia has killed thousands and pushed hundreds of thousands into famine-like conditions, according to United Nations estimates.
Last week, Abiy, the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, announced that he would go to the LTTE to lead operations against the TPLF.
On Sunday, official media reported that the army and special forces from the Afar region had taken control of the town of Shifra.
The area around Shivra has been the scene of heavy fighting in recent weeks, as the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) appears to have attempted to seize an important highway carrying goods to Addis Ababa.
A source in the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) questioned the state media report on Monday, saying that “active fighting continues.”