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Sudan vows to respond as it accuses Ethiopia of executing seven soldiers, a civilian

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Sudan has accused the Ethiopian army of executing seven soldiers and a civilian who it says were captive and vowed to take action.

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“In an act that contravenes all laws and customs of war and international humanitarian law, the Ethiopian army executed seven Sudanese soldiers and a citizen who were their captives,” the Sudanese armed forces said in a statement late Sunday.

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The army said “this treacherous act will not pass,” vowing to respond to “this cowardly behavior.”

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Relations between Khartoum and Addis Ababa have soured in recent years over the contested border region of Fashaqa, a fertile strip long cultivated by Ethiopian farmers, but claimed by Sudan.

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The Al-Fashaqa region, which also borders Ethiopia’s troubled Tigray region, has seen sporadic deadly clashes between the Sudanese and the Ethiopian sides over the past years.

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Tensions between the two sides especially rose after fighting erupted in Tigray in November 2020, which sent tens of thousands of refugees fleeing into Sudan.

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Khartoum and Addis Ababa have since been locked in a tense war of words, trading accusations of violence and territorial violations.

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The border dispute feeds into wider tensions in the region, including over Ethiopia’s controversial Blue Nile dam.

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Sudan and Egypt, both downstream countries, have been opposed to the project and have been pushing for an agreement over the filling and operation of the dam.

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In February, Khartoum and Cairo slammed Addis Ababa for unilaterally launching power generation at the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

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