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Ethiopia accused of exploiting Sudan coup to renew border conflict

In the wake of the Sudan coup on Oct. 25, some observers believe Ethiopia will take the opportunity to further its claims in a border dispute with Khartoum.
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Following the military coup against the transitional authority in Sudan on Oct. 25, concerns have been raised about Ethiopia taking advantage of the resulting turmoil to renew the border dispute with Khartoum, which could cast a shadow over the already volatile region.

Ethiopia and Sudan have been locked in a decades-old conflict over 260 square kilometers (162 square miles) of the al-Fashqa area, a patch of fertile border land from which Khartoum expelled thousands of Ethiopian farmers in mid-December 2020. The move led to clashes between the two countries' forces, claiming dozens of lives on both sides.

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