The Ethiopian Embassy in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, came under artillery shelling, as reported by BBC Amharic on Tuesday. This incident occurred on Tuesday morning this week. Yibeltal Aemro, the Ethiopian Ambassador to Sudan, has confirmed to the source that the embassy has been attacked. The building sustained damage, but no human casualties have been reported.
The diplomat disclosed that the extent of the damage is currently under investigation. As of now, the Ethiopian Embassy has not released the results of the ongoing investigation. The embassy is located in the Al-Amarat area of Khartoum.
A diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, revealed that the embassy has been repeatedly attacked over the past several months in connection with the war in the country between the military government of Sudan and the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF). Due to recurring looting and attacks, security staff in the embassy were exposed to danger, and it has been reported that the Ethiopian government is working on evacuating all its staff.
Many diplomatic missions left Khartoum following the outbreak of the war between the two factions. The Ethiopian Embassy has been operating from its consular offices in Gedaref (also known as El-Gadarif).
Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, leader of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), has accused the Sudanese Army of the attack. In a statement released on Twitter on Tuesday, RSF said, “The Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and its extremist allied militias have attacked the Ethiopian Embassy in Khartoum, severely damaging the embassy building located in the area of Al-Amarat.”
It called the attack on the embassy “barbaric” and alleged that the militia and the Sudanese Armed Forces carried out the attack under General Abdul Fattah al-Burhan’s instruction.
RSF seized the opportunity to convey a political message, stating, “The only true way to maintain security and stability in Sudan and across the region is to eliminate the former regime in its entirety and build a unified national army devoid of any political ideology.”
Both the Sudanese government and Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs have not commented on the incident up to this point.
In addition to the Ethiopian embassy in Khartoum, the embassies of the United Arab Emirates, Russia, and South Africa were also attacked on the same day, according to the report from BBC Amharic.
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