Number of refugees arriving into Sudan from Ethiopia’s conflict-hit Tigray region has risen from about 400 a day to 800.
Sudan’s armed forces has said that a number of its officers were ambushed by “Ethiopian forces and militias” during a security patrol of the border region.
“During the return of our forces from combing the area around Jabal Abutiour inside our territory, they were ambushed by Ethiopian forces and militias inside Sudanese territory, as a result of which lives and equipment were lost,” the army said on Wednesday, adding the attack took place on the previous day.
The Sudanese army did not specify how many officers were killed.
Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla also confirmed the incident in a tweet on Wednesday.
Local residents said that reinforcements were being sent to the area, which is part of the Fashaqa locality where some Ethiopian refugees have been crossing into Sudan.
….القاسية والقدرات المحدودة.
وفي مساء أمس الثلاثاء، وأثناء عودة قواتنا من تمشيط المنطقة حول جبل أبوطيور داخل أراضينا، تعرضت لكمين من بعض القوات والمليشيات الأثيوبية داخل الأراضي السودانية، ونتيجة لذلك حدثت خسائر في الأرواح والمعدات.
— Abdalla Hamdok (@SudanPMHamdok) December 16, 2020
Fighting erupted on November 4 between Ethiopia’s government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
Thousands of people are believed to have been killed and more than 950,000 displaced, some 50,000 of them into Sudan, according to United Nations estimates.
Hamdok visited Ethiopia briefly on Sunday and relayed his concerns about threats to Sudan’s security along its border with Tigray.