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Eastern Sudan herder killed by Ethiopian militia

January 4 - 2021 EL GEDAREF
Army commander Abdelfattah El Burhan to PM Abdallah Hamdok: "I liberated El Fashaga with the force of arms; now it's for you to liberate (the disputed area and town on the Egyptian-Sudanese border) Halayeb and Shalateen by negotiations."
Army commander Abdelfattah El Burhan to PM Abdallah Hamdok: "I liberated El Fashaga with the force of arms; now it's for you to liberate (the disputed area and town on the Egyptian-Sudanese border) Halayeb and Shalateen by negotiations."

A herder was killed in Khor Yabis, near the Ethiopian border, in El Gedaref, by an Ethiopian militia on Saturday.

The reason is not known, a source told Radio Dabanga from El Gedaref. “The incident is just part of a series of killings and kidnappings carried out by Ethiopian shifta gangs, supported by Ethiopian government forces.”

He confirmed that the clashes between the Sudanese army and Ethiopian forces stopped more than a week ago, following the withdrawal of a part of the Ethiopian forces from the border.

At the beginning of December, the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) regained control of the area of Khor Yabis in El Fashaga locality in eastern El Gedaref after the area had been occupied by Ethiopian farmers and gunmen (called shifta in the region) for over 25 years.

Two weeks later, the Sudanese army stated that Ethiopian forces ambushed Sudanese troops, killing four and wounding 27. Last week, Sudanese army forces were redeployed at the Ethiopian border.

The 1,600 kilometre border between Sudan and Ethiopia was drawn in colonial times. No clear demarcation of the border has been made since Sudan became independent in 1956. The lack of clear border markers has made it easy for Ethiopian militants to occupy fertile farmlands in eastern El Gedaref.

Ethiopian militant farmers and gunmen have been cultivating crops for decades on Sudanese farms along the border. Farmers in El Fashaga, backed by the El Gedaref governor, demanded in July that their lands be returned to them.

Refugees from Tigray

On Saturday, another 711 Ethiopian refugees arrived in eastern Sudan: 693 of them via the Hamdayet crossing to Kassala and 19 via the Medina 8 crossing to El Gedaref. In total, 61,816 Ethiopian refugees who fled the war in Tigray into Sudan have been registered.

According to the latest daily report of the Refugees Commission, the new arrivals were transported to El Tuneideba camp on Sunday, as the Um Rakouba camp reached its maximum capacity of 25,000 people.


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