Sudan Shuts Border With Ethiopia

The Sudanese Government in the Kassala State has closed its border with Ethiopia.

Governor Fateh al-Rahman al-Amin, who made the announcement, said the border will remain closed until further notice.

The border closure follows rising tensions between Ethiopian federal authorities and the Tigray region and comes hours after the military events that took place between the Ethiopian army and the Tigrayan Liberation Front on Wednesday.

The governor said he would travel to Wad Al Helew, a village in Kassala State bordering Ethiopia and Eritrea, to assess the situation.

He stressed that Sudanese authorities would not allow any individuals or groups to enter the state with weapons.

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A committee will also be formed to look into how to deal with civilians who may seek refuge in Sudanese territory.

Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok yesterday held talks over the phone with his Ethiopian counterpart Abiy Ahmed, saying he was following the latest developments in Ethiopia with concern.

On 4 November Prime Minister Abiy ordered the army to take military action against Tigray region, accusing it of attacking federal troops stationed in the region.

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