Eritrean troops linked to further attacks in Ethiopia’s Tigray region


Eritrean troops linked to further attacks in Ethiopia’s Tigray region

NAIROBI, Kenya – The Eritrean Defense Forces [EDF] have been linked to further attacks in the troubled Tigray region, in what could further exacerbate the ongoing conflict in the region, whose military is at active war with the Ethiopian National Defense Forces [ENDF].

Since the war between the Tigray Defense Forces [TDF] and the ENDF erupted in November 2020, Eritrean troops have often been accused of crossing the border to aid the Ethiopian army as well as Amhara regional forces.

Although Eritrea has often refuted these claims, the UN Special Rapporteur in Eritrea has confirmed that indeed Asmara has deployed troops to Ethiopia contrary to international laws and regulations.

On Sunday, Getachew Reda, the official spokesperson for TDF, said Eritrean troops launched attacks against the TPLF in northern Tigray, just off the Eritrean-Ethiopian border, causing massive losses of innocent civilians.

“The Eritrean army yesterday launched new attacks against our forces in Sigem Kofolo, AfiTsetser, located in northwestern Tigray near the town of Sheraro. The latest attack is an extension of its aggression against the people of Tigray. It also signals the regime’s brazen contempt for the international community. law, ”said.

The referenced airstrike appears to be the one eyewitnesses reported on Saturday, based on the spokesperson’s description. The airstrike killed at least 56 people, mostly children and women, according to several aid agencies.

The rebels in Tigray have accused the Eritrean of dragging out efforts to find peace in Ethiopia, noting that the authorities in Asmara are eager to sabotage international efforts to reconcile the two warring parties within the Federal Republic of Ethiopia.

“Equally important, it clearly shows how determined the Asmara regime is to continue to sabotage all peacemaking efforts in the region, allegedly to protect ‘the unity of Ethiopia’, as the President Isaias Afwerki clearly indicated in his interview yesterday, “he added.

“True to form, President Isaias, during his meeting, gave instructions to Abiy Ahmed to dismantle ethnic federalism. It is up to the IC to take measures to force this regime to respect the elementary rules of international law and to hold it accountable for its crimes.

Afwerki and Abiy Ahmed have formed a strong alliance with outgoing Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo, which has been widely criticized by several stakeholders. Afwerki is linked to a clandestine strategy to control the Horn of Africa.

Ethiopian authorities have remained silent on the latest allegations of airstrikes despite Abiy Ahmed’s New Years message which was anchored on reconciliation. Ahmed insisted on the need for the country to reconcile for peace and stability.



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