May 19, 2021 (GADAREF) – The Sudanese army on Wednesday managed to expel Ethiopian militiamen from some border areas, while others attacked Sudanese fishermen in another location.
Ethiopian militiamen from the Amhara Region have continued to attack Sudanese farmers since April 2020 when the central government in Khartoum changed the policy of the ousted regime towards their presence in the Sudanese territory.
Also, the Government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed denounced the border demarcation agreements signed between the two countries and claimed the ownership of the al-Fashaga border area in the Gadaref State.
The Sudanese Armed Forces and the local Reserve Forces retook control of about 20,000 acres after clashes with the Ethiopian militiamen, a military source told the Sudan Tribune on Wednesday
The fierce battles took place east of Sundus, in the Eastern Gallabat locality, east of Jabel Tayyara.
The military official did not speak about the causalities from the two sides but added that they seized five settlements that had been controlled by Ethiopian farmers and their militias since 1995.
In a related development, Ethiopian militias sneaked into Sudanese territory by about five kilometres in the Musha Al-Fursan area in the Quraisha border locality of Gadaref and assassinated a fisherman after he resisted an attempt to kidnap him.
Sudanese farmers, shepherds, and fishermen renewed calls on the Sudanese army to deploy forces in their area and organize patrols in the rugged area located between Wad Um Tawkol and Lafat Junun near the Rahad River.
The location is one of the areas that have been used by the Ethiopian militias and the Shifta gangs for their regular attacks on Sudanese herdsmen, farmers and fishermen.