ADDIS ABABA, 30 December 2020 – A border dispute is brewing between Sudan and Ethiopia, according to recent security reports cited Wednesday by media outlets in Addis Ababa.
Sudanese troops have occupied large tracts of Ethiopian land, killing civilians who live there and looting property, according to Dessalegn Tasew, the administrator of West Gondar Zone in Amhara.
The Addis Standard newspaper said the property looted is estimated at $25 million.
“The borders were entrusted to our Sudanese brothers when the special forces were mobilized to Tigray for the law enforcement operation. Instead,” he added “they are now wreaking havoc in the region”.
Dessalegn Tasew accused Sudan of being “driven by a feeling of expansionism”.
The East African newspaper ran a headline Wednesday compared any claims by Sudan of Ethiopian land to “stirring the hornet’s nest”.
The paper added that Sudan and Ethiopia have chosen dialogue in order to resolve what the newspaper described as “a perennial border crisis, caused by clashes over arable land by border communities”.
The Ethiopian government last November 4 sent special forces on a military operation into the northern region of Tigray after the semi-autonomous regional government defied the federal government in Addis Ababa.
Whereas Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered a postponement of elections, the regional government in Tigray insisted on proceeding with it, calling Abiy Ahmed an illegitimate prime minister.
Thousands of people have been killed in the conflict, with thousands more injured and no fewer than 50,000 forced to seek safe haven in refugee camps in neighboring Sudan.
The conflict has left millions of people internally displaced with limited to no access to much-needed humanitarian assistance.