Sudan’s military has accused Ethiopia’s army of executing seven Sudanese soldiers and a civilian who were captives, the Sudanese Armed Forces said in a statement.
“This treacherous act will not pass without a response,” it said on Sunday.
“The Ethiopian army executed seven Sudanese soldiers and a citizen who were their prisoners, and then offered them to their citizens with meanness, in violation of all laws and customs of war and international humanitarian law,” the Sudanese army said in a statement on its Facebook page.
“The Sudanese Armed Forces extend their deepest condolences to the families of the martyr, stressing that this treacherous act will not go unanswered,” the stamen read.
The Sudanese army vowed that there would be “an appropriate response”, according to the statement.
Ethiopia, for its part, has denied the Sudanese allegations, with the government in Addis Ababa stating that it “hopes that the Sudanese Government would restrain itself from any escalation of the incident and would take measures that could de-escalate the situation.”
According to the Ethiopian government, the casualties on the Sudanese side were killed as a result of a skirmish between Sudanese military forces, whom Addis Ababa claims were violating Ethiopian territory, and a local militia.
Ethiopia and Sudan have a long-standing border dispute over the Al-Fashqa region.