Sudan’s foreign ministry said it summoned Ethiopia’s ambassador to Khartoum to inform him that 29 corpses found on the banks of a river bordering Ethiopia were those of Ethiopian citizens of the Tigray ethnic group.
A statement released by the government said that the ambassador was summoned on Aug. 30 and informed that bodies were discovered on the Sudanese side of the Setit River, known as the Tekeze in Ethiopia.
A report said Ethiopians residing in the Wad al Hulaywah area of eastern Sudan detected the corpses.
In response to a request for comment, Dina Mufti, spokeswoman for the Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Ministry, did not immediately respond
The river serves as a de facto borderline between the territory controlled by Tigrayan forces and those controlled by Amhara forces allied with Ethiopia’s federal government. Sudan and Ethiopia are separated by the river at a different point.
Due to spillovers from the conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region and Ethiopia’s construction of a giant hydropower dam on the Blue Nile, tensions between Sudan and Ethiopia have been running high.
There have been some military skirmishes in contested farmland along the border between Ethiopia and Sudan and tens of thousands of refugees have fled there.
According to Sudanese authorities, a shipment of weapons arrived from Ethiopia on Sunday, and they and suspected it was destined for a crime against the state.
Later on Monday, Sudan’s interior ministry disclosed that the shipment was part of a legal shipment imported by a licensed arms dealer