On Friday, the Sudanese Refugee Commission announced that a number of Ethiopian soldiers have applied for asylum in Sudan.
According to a statement issued by the Sudanese Refugee Commission, 120 Ethiopian soldiers in Umm Karkour camp, located in eastern Sudan, submitted asylum applications to the Government of Sudan.
The statement added that the Ethiopian officers who requested asylum were part of the UN peacekeeping forces in Sudan.
The refugee commission pointed out that the Ethiopian officers hold high military ranks, and that among them are 106 male soldiers and 14 female soldiers, all of whom belong to Tigray tribes.
According to the latest statistics release by the Sudanese Refugee Commission, the number of Ethiopian refugees who fled the conflict inside Ethiopia to Sudan has exceeded 80,000.
Clashes had erupted in Ethiopia’s Tigray region in early November 2020, resulting in thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of displacements brought about by the lack of food, water, and medicine in the region.