Wednesday 07 April 2021
On Tuesday, the Sudanese army responded to an attempt by an Ethiopian militia, with the support of other forces, to enter Sudanese territory and were able to return it after controlling an Ethiopian settlement within the borders.
Sudanese military sources told “Sudan Tribune” that the armed forces and reserve forces of the 2nd Infantry Division clashed with the Ethiopian militia and other forces that penetrated into Sudanese territory 12 kilometers deep, accompanied by a group of Ethiopian farmers to plow the land and prepare it for the agricultural season.
The sources added that the Sudanese forces were able to expel the militia and farmers from the Ethiopian settlement of Marsha, which is located inside the Sudanese borders in Basanda locality, to the south of the “Wadab Lisan” area, northeast of Umm Rakuba.
She explained, “The army was able to defeat the militia, set fire to the settlement and take full control of Sudanese territory after it was in the grip of armed Ethiopian militias and other forces.”
Since last November, the Sudanese army has been fighting sporadic battles with Ethiopian militias and forces on the eastern borders, after the leadership’s decision to reopen the Sudanese lands occupied by Ethiopian militias for about 26 years, with the aim of cultivating the land and benefiting from its high fertility.
The Sudanese military moves are causing tension in relations with Ethiopia, which denies Khartoum’s right to control these areas and refuses to place border markers, while the Sudanese army says it has regained 90% of the occupied Sudanese lands from the Ethiopians.