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Sudanese certificate exams commence in Al-Fashaqa after more than 25 years

On the eastern border strip, In the Sudanese region of al-Fashaqa , secondary certificate exams were held for the first time after more than “25” years, following the stability of the security situation in the region after the Sudanese forces extended their control over it.

Gedaref: AlTaghyeer

On Saturday, The Sudanese secondary certificate exams began in Gedaref state’s Al-Fashaqa – eastern Sudan,  after the area remained outside the government’s full control for more than two decades.

The Executive Director of Al-Graisha district, Dr. Muhammad Abkar Wadi, rang the bell announcing the commencement of the Sudanese certificate exams for this year in the Al-Fashaqa in the Jabal Gena Center in the Berber unit.

Wadi was accompanied by the acting commander of the border area operations in Al-Fashaqa, Brig. Gen. Essam Mirghani, and a number of the district’s security committee members, according to Sudan News Agency (SUNA).

This marked the first time the Sudanese certificate exams were held in Al-Fashaqa after more than 25 years, following the stability of the security situation in the area after the armed forces regained control of the area.

It is noteworthy that the border strip area contains “4” centers out of “6” hosted by the Al-Qureisha locality for the Sudanese certificate exams.

The number of examinees this year was about 587 students in the district.

Last April, the Sudanese army announced the recovery of the majority of agricultural lands in the greater Fashga district from Ethiopian militias’ control.

The army declared that the security situation in the liberated areas of Al-Fashqa was stable.

Border Tensions

The Sudanese-Ethiopian border witnessed tensions after the Sudanese army redeployed and regained local lands from Ethiopian forces and militias.

The army fought battles on the eastern borders to liberate the lands of the “Al-Fashqa”, which had been controlled by the Ethiopian “Shifta” gangs.

The Sudanese government says that the Ethiopian encroachments began with three farmers in 1995, and then increased until their number reached more than 10,000 farmers.

The Sudanese army declared it would not to give up one inch of Fashaqa areas, but emphasized its unwillingness to go to war unless provoked.

Sudan has repeatedly stressed that what is happening in the eastern region, adjacent to the border with Ethiopia, is the re-opening and deployment of the armed forces within its territory and not outside of it.

Sudan has accused Ethiopia of abandoning its commitments to the border agreements settled since 1903 AD, while Ethiopia has argued numerous times that it does not consider agreements made during colonial times to be binding.

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