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Ethiopia Border Clash Leaves 20 Sudan Troops Dead, Official Says

At least 20 Sudanese soldiers were killed in clashes with Ethiopian militias near a disputed border, a local official said, deepening a feud that risks turning into all-out conflict between the Horn of Africa’s most populous nations.

Sudanese forces crossed the Atbara river in the al-Fashqa area on Saturday in response to shelling and fell into an ambush, according to Alrasheed Ali, a member of the border commission of Sudan’s southeastern Gadaref state. Sudanese forces are now massed on the riverbank “and the situation is very tense,” he said Sunday by phone.