Authorities in Ethiopia War political chaos Tigray region claim that Ethiopian and neighboring Eritrean military has once more collaborated to invade the northern region.
The Tigray External Affairs Office and Tigray military spokesman Getachew Reda made allegations that a “massive” offensive had started in northwest Tigray on Thursday. The Ethiopian government remained silent in response to these claims. However, the administration countered by alleging that violence among Tigray forces had worsened.
Since the Tigray region is still entirely closed off from the outside world and lacks basic facilities, verifying claims made by both sides in the ongoing fighting is challenging. The battle, which erupted in November 2020, had subsided early this year but started up again this week after failed attempts at peace talks.
Millions of people in Tigray face acute food and other supply shortages. Those in the nearby Amhara and Afar regions fear for their lives due to the decision to fight rather than negotiate.
Demeke Mekonnen, the foreign minister of Ethiopia and chief negotiator for the previously scheduled talks, told diplomats in Addis Abeba, the capital, that the government is still open to peace initiatives. But he added, “We will take whatever steps are necessary to safeguard the nation’s sovereignty.
The government of Ethiopia War issued a fresh warning on Thursday against reporting on military operations, threatening life in prison for anyone who does so.
Many Ethiopians are expressing their support for the government in the most recent conflict on social media. However, some have expressed concerns about how Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s administration handled the war. Groups like the Inter-Religious Council of Ethiopia urge both sides to try for peace and hold discussions.
The Tigray War is an ongoing civil conflict that started on November 3, 2020, in Ethiopia’s Tigray Region. With the assistance of the Eritrean Defense Units, the local Tigray Defense Forces (TDF) are engaged in combat with the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF), the Ethiopian Federal Police, as well as local police and gendarmerie forces from the neighboring Amhara and Afar areas (EDF). In particular, the ENDF, EDF, and TDF have perpetrated war crimes throughout the conflict. The start of the war has resulted in a severe humanitarian crisis. To permit the delivery of humanitarian aid into Tigray, the Ethiopian government established an indefinite humanitarian truce on March 24, 2022. To allow humanitarian relief to reach the Tigray Region, the TPLF withdrew its troops from the nearby Afar region, according to Getachew Reda, the organization’s spokesperson, who talked to Reuters on April 25, 2022.
After a lengthy lull, hostilities resumed in late August. Both sides claimed responsibility for starting the conflict and voiced dissatisfaction with the “lack of progress” negotiations to end the 21-month battle. The actual battle occurred along the border between Tigray, Amhara, and Afar. While the government was initially charged with indiscriminate airstrikes on civilian targets, allegations that the Tigray were sneaking in and that the Ethiopian air force had shot down a plane carrying weapons for the TPLF emerged. [Reference needed] People in the general public said that pro-government militias like FANO are also engaged. [Reference needed] Food shortages in Ethiopia War, which have severely afflicted the Tigray region, are escalating tensions.
After the ENDF withdrew, the TDF took control of Kobo on August 27, 2022. Later, on September 1, Ethiopia and Eritrea declared an offensive in North Tigray.
A witness in Semera, the seat of the Afar area, reported seeing a sizable group of Ethiopian army forces mobilize on Sunday and Monday before traveling north into Eritrea, which is near the Tigray province, the following day. He spoke under the name of anonymity out of concern about punishment.
Eritrea’s Information Ministry blamed the Tigray soldiers for instigating the most recent conflict in a statement released on Thursday.
Ethiopian government admitted last week that federal and allied forces had left the critical Amhara region town of Kobo, south of Tigray, in a rare acknowledgment.
The governments of Ethiopia and Tigray announced the creation of a new front in the region near the Sudanese border.
As a result of Tigray officials’ claims that federal soldiers were making several dozen flights to the town, a resident of the historic Lalibela town in the Amhara is told that he witnessed a “before unseen” degree of aircraft movement on Thursday.