Sudan is deploying troops near Ethiopia and killing peasants in cross-border raids in preparation for war, Ethiopia’s defense minister was quoted as saying Sunday.
Sudan denied the reports.
In interviews with the state-owned Ethiopian Herald and Addis Zemen newspapers, Defense Minister Tamrat Layne did not say when the deployment began or how many people have been killed.
Tamrat said the deployment and the raids have continued despite Ethiopia’s protests.
Relations between the two African nations plummeted after the attempted assassination of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak while on his way to a summit of the Organization of African Unity in Addis Ababa last June.
Ethiopia said Sudanese security officials had helped the 12 would-be assassins, all Egyptians, plan the attack.