Recent events have revived a century-old border dispute between Ethiopia and Sudan over al-Fashaga. The district is claimed by both Sudan and Ethiopia. According to various experts there is a risk for a conventional war at any moment between Sudan and Ethiopia and their many allied proxies.
KHARTOUM May 20: Recent events have revived a century-old border dispute between Ethiopia and Sudan over al-Fashaga — a fertile region that both countries claim as their own. Could these tensions throw the entire region into conflict?
al-Fashaga is a district of Al Qadarif state, Sudan. The capital is Showak. The district has very fertile agricultural land and forms a disputed region between Ethiopia and Sudan known as the al-Fashaga triangle.
Al-Fashaga is located on the Ethiopia and Sudan border, and is claimed by both Sudan and Ethiopia. Under a compromise reached in 2008, Ethiopian farmers cultivated the land while Sudan retained administrative control of it.
This compromise ended in November 2020, when the Tigray War began and Sudan expelled the Ethiopians, resulting in border clashes between the two countries. On 2 December, the Sudanese Armed Forces occupied the Khor Yabis area, controlled by Ethiopia for 25 years, expelling Ethiopian militants without a fight.
According to various experts such as Cameron Hudson, there is a risk that the conflict in Tigray could ignite a spark and degenerate into a real conventional war at any moment between Sudan and Ethiopia and their many allied proxies.