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Sudan Sends Huge Military Reinforcements to Border With Ethiopia

Khartoum / Kassala — Sudanese authorities announced on Tuesday the deployment of ‘huge military reinforcements’ to Hamdayet in Kassala, as clashes intensify between the Ethiopian army and opposition Tigrayan Front forces near Sudan’s eastern border.Organisations operating near the Sudanese-Ethiopian border have been ordered to vacate the area.

According to Sudan Tribune, the Sudanese government have urged humanitarian aid organisations to evacuate their reception centres at Hamdayet, that serve Ethiopian refugees over heightened safety concerns brought by the clashes.

Aid agencies present in the area include Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Plan Sudan, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Muslim Aid, and the Child Welfare Council.

Since renewed fighting broke out in early September, dozens of refugees from Ethiopia, including military personnel, have crossed into Sudan. According to UNHCR, there are already more than 73,000 Ethiopian refugees living in Sudan, most of whom, fled the fighting in late 2020 and live in permanent camps established in Um Rakouba and El Tuneidiba in El Gedaref.

Earlier this week, the Eritrean government reportedly dispatched troops to fight alongside the Ethiopian army.

The border area that divides Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea has been one of the epicentres of the recent clashes. Last Thursday, a Tigrayan Front spokesperson for the Tigray People’s Liberation Front said Ethiopian and Eritrean forces are leading an offensive against their positions in north-eastern Ethiopia.