Arch-rivals Ethiopia and Eritrea traded blame Monday for a border battle in which "significant" casualties were reported, one of the worst clashes since the end of a 1998-2000 border war.
"There were significant casualties on both sides, but more on the Eritrean side," Ethiopian government spokesman Getachew Reda told AFP.
He said the battle that began Sunday was one of the most serious in recent years, noting that while the two sides had exchanged gun fire in the past, this clash was on a far larger scale. The fighting had reportedly calmed on Monday.
Well who can blame them? At 167 and 168 in GDP per capita rankings, Eritrea and Ethiopia have bragging rights to consider.
With the race so tight, a pile of dirt moved from one country to the other could be the difference!