Several Sudanese soldiers were killed in an attack by Ethiopian forces in a disputed border region, Sudan’s military said.
“Our forces tasked with securing the harvest in Al-Fashaqa were attacked by groups of Ethiopian army forces and militias, who sought to intimidate farmers and spoil the harvest season.
“Sudanese troops repelled the attack and inflicted heavy losses in lives and equipment on the Ethiopian side,” it said in a statement on Saturday.
But the attack left “several killed” among Sudanese forces, it said, without giving a death toll.
Al-Fashaqa is a border zone long cultivated by Ethiopian farmers but claimed by Sudan. The zone borders Ethiopia’s troubled Tigray region.
Deadly clashes between the two sides over the past years, escalated last year after fighting erupted in Tigray in November 2020, and sent tens of thousands of refugees fleeing into Sudan.
The border dispute feeds into wider tensions in the region, including over Ethiopia’s controversial Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile.