U.S. urges withdrawal of Eritrean troops from Ethiopia

The U.S. called for the immediate withdrawal of Eritrean troops from neighboring Ethiopia’s Tigray region, following “credible” reports of their involvement in a civil conflict.

Source: Simon MarksBloomberg News

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The U.S. called for the immediate withdrawal of Eritrean troops from neighboring Ethiopia’s Tigray region, following “credible” reports of their involvement in a civil conflict.

The reports relate to an assault that Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered on the northern regional state Nov. 4, after blaming it for an attack on a military base to try and steal weapons. Eritrea’s involvement would confirm that the conflict has become regional.

“This is a grave development,” a U.S. State Department spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

The U.S. adds credence to accusations by the former rulers of Tigray that Eritrea is supporting the Ethiopian army against them. United Nations officials said earlier they’ve observed troops wearing Eritrean uniforms in the region.

Abiy has stressed that the conflict in Tigray is an “internal affair” and a “law enforcement operation.” At the onset of the fighting, Abiy accused the Tigray People’s Liberation Front of manufacturing uniforms resembling those of Eritrea’s army to “implicate the Eritrean government in false claims of aggression against the people of Tigray.” Abiy’s spokesperson didn’t immediately respond to a message requesting comment on Friday.

Eritrea hasn’t commented on whether its forces are involved in the conflict. The nation’s information minister didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

The U.S. said it’s also aware of reports of human rights violations in the region, and called for an independent investigation of the matter.

“All parties must respect human rights and international humanitarian law,” the Sate Department said.

2 comments

  1. 38 days
    Lock down
    No water
    No food
    No fuel
    No communication with the outside world Nothing but a genocide against the innocent People of Tigray!
    In the meanwhile the world is on stand by watching!
    Where’s the international community
    This should be an easy case for the ICC of two tyrants ABIY AHMED of ETHIOPIA and his daddy ESAYAS AFAWORKI of Eritrea for crimes against humanity and genocidal atrocities!

  2. Well done. We, ethiopians appriciate your just stand. Remember that USA is our only hope for stopping this maddnes and saving our beloved ethiopia ! Multitudes of our people are dying every day. Please continue and speed up your actions.

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