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At least 5 dead in Sudan border attack as tensions with Ethiopia escalate

January 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Sudan says at least five women were killed in border attacks by Ethiopian government-backed militias and it will use all "available means" to respond.

(CNN)Sudan says at least five women were killed in border attacks by Ethiopian government-backed militias and it will use all "available means" to respond.

On Wednesday the situation further escalated after the Sudanese accused Ethiopian military aircraft of violating Sudan's airspace.

A video posted to the TSC Facebook page of Burhan's remarks showed him telling them Sudan would not back down from military confrontation.

Ethiopian foreign ministry spokesman Dina Mufti told reporters in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Tuesday that Sudan was seeking to "inflame the situation. "

An Ethiopian military spokesman told the AFP news agency he had no "tangible information" on Sudan's allegations and the situation at the border was "normal" on Wednesday.

More than 80 civilians were killed in an attack along the border on Tuesday, a spokesperson for the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) told CNN.

There is no other option but for federal and regional authorities to boost security presence in the area and strengthen coordination between themselves -- a call the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission has made over and over again," Maasho added.

The Ethiopian government has since November been carrying out a military campaign in its Tigray region, which borders Sudan.

Civil society groups in Sudan told CNN they feared the escalating tensions between the two countries would only serve to further fracture the region.

More than 45,000 refugees have fled Ethiopia's Tigray region into Sudan since the conflict began, according to the UN refugee agency.

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