Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs dismissed allegations by the Sudanese Defence Forces that the Ethiopian troops captured and executed seven Sudanese soldiers and a civilian.
The ministry on Tuesday in a statement said the Sudanese Defence Forces misrepresented facts about the border incident which is said to have occurred on June 22, 2022.
It said on the date mentioned above, the Sudanese forces, with support from the rebel Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) made additional incursions into the Ethiopian territory along the border – a development that triggered a skirmish with the local militia.
Sudan made claims, according to information reaching APA that its soldiers were taken from within the Sudanese territory and executed in Ethiopia.
The update from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia admitted that there were losses [unspecified number] of lives during the clash between local militia and Sudanese forces.
“The Ethiopian Government regrets the loss of life as a result of a skirmish between the Sudanese army and a local militia of which an investigation would be carried out soon,” said the statement from the ministry.
The Ministry said, “Whereas the above was what has transpired at the common border, the Government of Ethiopia categorically rejects the misrepresentation of these facts by the Sudanese defense forces that unjustly put the blame on Ethiopia while it was the Sudanese army unit that has crossed into the Ethiopian border provoking the incident.”