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Sudan accuses Ethiopian forces of crossing border, escalating tension

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Ethiopian forces crossed the border into Sudanese territory in an act of “aggression”, Sudan’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

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“Ethiopia’s trespass into Sudanese land is an unfortunate and unacceptable escalation, which could have dangerous repercussions on security and stability in the region,” the Sudanese foreign ministry said in a statement.

Ethiopian foreign ministry officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

Clashes erupted late last year between Sudanese and Ethiopian forces over Al-Fashqa, an area settled by Ethiopian farmers which lies on the Sudanese side of a border demarcated at the start of the 20th century.

Last month, Sudan claimed that an Ethiopian aircraft had crossed the border, a charge Ethiopia denies.

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