Sudan summons Ethiopia envoy over bodies found in river

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Sudan summoned the Ethiopian ambassador recently over the recovery of bodies that Khartoum says are deceased Tigrayans from the river bordering Ethiopia’s conflict-hit Tigray region, state media reported Wednesday.

According to locals of Wad al-Hiliou in Sudan’s eastern Kassala state, dozens of dead have been found from the Setit River, also known as the Tekeze in Ethiopia, which passes through the country’s northern Tigray area.

Sudan’s “foreign ministry summoned the Ethiopian ambassador on August 30 in light of Sudanese authorities recovering 29 dead in Setit River” between July 26 and August 8, according to a statement released by the official SUNA news agency.

According to the statement, “the ministry notified the ambassador that the bodies belonged to Ethiopian individuals from the Tigrayan ethnic group.”

Last month, ethnic Tigrayans who had lived in Wad a-Hiliou for a long time and cooperated in the recover the bodies told AFP that the corpses were mostly bloated, deformed, and bore gunshot wounds or deep slashes. 

The discovery of the bodies came as allegations have swirled of atrocities, ethnic cleansing and mass killings, including a massacre in the town of Humera, in western Tigray. 

The Tekeze river runs through Humera. 

However, the Ethiopian government dismissed the allegations as “fabricated”. 

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