Update: The Tigray war

With internet and telecommunications to Tigray cut, and journalists under severe restrictions in Ethiopia, it is difficult to get a clear picture of what is taking place. There are no independent journalists reporting from Eritrea. However, these are some of the latest reports.

  • The African Union has (somewhat belatedly) called for a ceasefire and negotiations. “The chairperson (Moussa Faki Mahamat) appeals for the immediate cessation of hostilities and calls on parties to respect human rights and ensure the protection of civilians,” the AU bloc said in a statement, also urging talks.
  • Meanwhile, leaders in Tigray have accused Eritrea of sending soldiers over the border and attacking local forces after the federal government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched an offensive against the region last week. In a statement on local TV, Debretsion Gebremichael gave no evidence for what would be a major escalation of the conflict in northern Ethiopia and Reuters was unable to confirm it. “Since yesterday, the army of (Eritrean leader) Isaias (Afwerki) have crossed the country’s boundary and invaded,” he said. “They were attacking via Humera using heavy arms.”
  • As Kjetil Tronvoll rightly observed, if confirmed this has internationalised the conflict – turning a civil war into a regional war.
  • Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said that the end of military operations in Ethiopia’s north is “coming within reach.”
  • The Ethiopian National Defence Force spokesman, Lieutenant General Bacha Debele, said that the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) Shene Group was also fighting the federal military forces in support of the Tigray Special Force in areas including Zalanbessa, Shiraro, Rama, Tsorena and other places.
  • The BBC’s Africa Regional Editor, Mary Harper reports that the head of Sudan’s refugee agency in Kassala says about 3,000 Ethiopians have fled into Sudan to escape the conflict in Tigray.
  • Africa Confidential produced a map of the areas of fighting

 

10 comments

  1. Sell the country by the an elected abiy Ahmed
    Abiy is the killer
    Killing General seare mokenen
    Killing artist hachalu
    Killing engineer sntayew bekelle
    And other people
    #stop war in tigray

  2. Abiy Ahimed, the flower girl(as some call him in this conflict), is taking orders from his new found mentor-Isiass Afeworki of Eritrea dragged the nation into a war with no clear purpose. Old Isiass has scores to settle with the Tigrians, he always wanted to pay retribution to his year 2000/2001 defeat in the hands of TPLF who back then were governing Ethiopia.
    Ethiopia, especially Amhara youth who volunteered in mass for this war(on Abiy’s side) have started to collect heavy casualties from the conflict.
    This war got to stop. It is a war to satisfy Abiy’s ego, who believes Tigrian regional state has undermined his administration by conducting their regional election within the line of both federal and their region’s constitution.
    Abiy is taking down the not only Ethiopia but the entire region of Horn of Africa.

  3. You are making amazing drama all rebellions of Ethiopia. Who is killer of his own brother’s the last 27 years? are not TPLF (doesn’t means Tigrayan peoples). Leave the position peaceful for new generation.

  4. Please, dr aby stop the northerm war, stop genocide,start peace aggerment!!!!!🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭🇬🇭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

  5. Please start the peace process now. All Ethiopians and Eritreans I ever worked with are such great people. It pains me to think that the country is at war. Please let me know how I can make a contribution to resolving the conflict. Professor Andreas Velthuizen, University of South Africa,.

      1. Hey, Martin. U know what is now endearing Abiy to the public? He’s started completing the war (b/n Ethiopians, including Tigrians, and the TPLF) botched by Col. Mangistu 30 odd yrs ago. It wasn’t that the TPLF won the war; it was Derg that failed in its responsibility. The TPLF mistook this for victory (U ought to have advised them then!) and, true to their nature, continued wallowing in invincibility and exploiting the situation to further aggrandize themselves. When the showtime for accountability began, first they had a case of the sulks, then effrontery, then defiance, and now shootings.

  6. Please start the peace process now. All Ethiopians and Eritreans I ever worked with are such great people. It pains me to think that the country is at war. Please let me know how I can make a contribution to resolving the conflict. Professor Andreas Velthuizen, University of South Africa.

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