Sudan on Thursday announced a ban on civil aviation in the airspace of Al-Qadarif state which borders Ethiopia, citing security reasons.

“The Ministry of Defense has sent a decision to the Civil Aviation Authority to prevent flying over the airspace of Al-Qadarif State,” Abdelhafez Abdelrahim, the spokesman for the Sudanese Civil Aviation Authority, told Anadolu Agency.

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The decision was based on “security reasons,” he added.

The two East African nations have been locked in a border dispute since December when Sudanese forces crossed into Ethiopia saying they were reclaiming their lands.

*Writing by Mahmoud Barakat in Ankara


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