Ethiopia’s Tigray leader confirms firing missiles at Eritrea
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The head of the rebellious Tigray region of Ethiopia reported rocket-fired missiles in the capital city of Eritrea and threatens even more, signaling a major move up as Tigray's forces' federal governments cross a foreign boundary in northern Ethiopia's deadly war.
In a Sunday telephone interview with The Associated Press, Tigray Regional President Debretsion Gebremichael would not say how many missiles were shot on Saturday at the City of Asmara, but it was reported to be one of Eritrea's only cities attacked.
He said, accusing Eritrea of shipping powers into the Tigray area and contradicts claims that the regional forces of Tigray have come to Eritrea. "We will take every legal military target and we will shoot as long as the troops are battling here," he said.
"We're going to battle them for whatever means we have on all sides," he added.
In what he termed a "full-size battle," he said about 16 Eritrean divisions were battling.
In Ethiopia, the brewing civil war between a regional government that once controlled the governing coalition and a Nobel Peace Prime Minister whose sweeping changes marginalized the influence of Tigray might split a crucial U.S. security ally, destabilizing the strategic Horn of Africa, eventually transferring thousands of civilians into Sudan. A big U.S. security ally.
At the airport in Eritrea's capital Asmara, three or three rockets seemed to have been targeted, hours after an alert Saturday from the Tigray regional authorities.
He accused Eritrea of targeting it at the behest of the Ethiopian government following an assault on a federal military base in the Tigray region, which broke out on 4 November. It attacked Eritrea.
In a threat alert, the United States
Embassy in Eritrea said that on Saturday night "collection of noisy noises in Asmara" and 'unconfirmed rumors show that explosive devices might have been assumed to be near to Asmara International Airport.
No signals have been hit by the airport."
The regional leader of the Tigray wasn't going to tell how many missiles are still available, but said that we have many missiles.
When questioned whether he should go into the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Abeba, he replied: "I don't want you to know, but the missiles are also long-range."
Officials in Eritrea did not respond to calls for comments nor did the Ethiopian federal government have an immediate response on the missile strike.
The Chief of Tigray said he had no interaction with the federal government of Ethiopia.
"But the prime minister is not able to learn, he stated, African Union is advocating for a truce.
He trusts in the strength he has." He found this a "truly disorderly condition that calls for outside action."
Last year Ethiopia's constitutional alliance was ruptured by a heavily armed regional army, Tigray opposed to the postponement of national elections until next year, expanding the reign of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
A municipal elections were conducted in September against Abiy.
Both sides view the other as unconstitutional. And according to the federal government, representatives of the "clique" of the Tigray governing area must now be detained.
Abiy defines it as a law enforcement operation although it is considered a battle by its military leaders.
The chief of Tigray said to the AP he didn't have a correct number of people killed in the struggle.
Apart from air raids, the battle takes place on all sides. "We have to protect ourselves, you know?
The Tigray area, which has closed its frontier but permits refugee communities, is boxed in Ethiopia's, Eritrea and Sudan.
The Tigray leader has claimed that his Tigray People's Liberation Front government right before the war, had no way of contact with Eritrea.
Since a lengthy deadly frontier war finishing after Abiy took office in 2018, the two sides have been fiercely unlike the others.
Abiy declined to grant an urgent re-escalation of appeals from the international community, while his government refused to recognize the TPLF as a bargaining body.
Another senior TPLF officer, Getachew Reda, said in a declaration in social media that Ethiopia's prime minister "is now enlisting the assistance of UAE drones located in Assab in the destructive battle against the citizens of Tigray."
As some 25,000 Ethiopian refugees migrated from the Tigray area into Sudan, the UN, among other nations, have cautioned of the emergence of a humanitarian catastrophe.
The Tigray area is practically entirely separated by connectivity and transport ties and millions are at risk as fruit, fuel and other resources are limited.