“Fighting is still continuing on several fronts” in Ethiopia, Debretsion Gebremichael informed Reuters in a textual content message.
Five regional diplomats informed Reuters shortly after the assault that not less than three rockets had been fired at Eritrea’s capital from Ethiopia on Saturday night time. At least two of the rockets hit Asmara airport, three of the diplomats mentioned.
His authorities says the Ethiopian navy has been finishing up air strikes in an try and destroy tools together with arms depots managed by the insurgents.
“Thanks to the exception valor and commitment its [sic] sons and daughters, Ethiopia is more than capable of attaining the objectives of the operation by itself,” he added.
The Tigrayan leader Debretsion, speaking by textual content message, additionally mentioned that his forces have been combating “16 divisions” of the Eritrean military “on several fronts” for the previous few days. He didn’t give an estimate for what number of troops he believes Eritrea has deployed. Eritrea has an unlimited standing military which the United States’ CIA places at 200,000 personnel.
He mentioned Eritrean forces have crossed into Ethiopia at Badme, Rama and Zalambessa, three border cities within the restive northern region.
“Our country is attacking us with a foreign country, Eritrea. Treason!” he informed Reuters in a textual content message.
There was no quick remark from the Ethiopian authorities on Debretsion’s declare of the strikes on Eritrea or different feedback.
Eritrea’s authorities has denied involvement within the battle. Officials in Asmara weren’t instantly reachable after the strikes.
Debretsion mentioned on Tuesday that Eritrea had despatched troops over the border in help of Abiy’s authorities, however supplied no proof. Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh Mohammed denied this on the time, telling Reuters: “We are not part of the conflict.”
At about 7.50 p.m. native time on Saturday, a collection of loud noises had been heard in Asmara, mentioned the United States’ embassy in Eritrea.
Since the violence started on November 4, greater than 14,500 refugees have fled Ethiopia into Sudan, in keeping with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Services for 96,000 Eritrean refugees inside Tigray have been disrupted and there are experiences of rising numbers of Ethiopians changing into displaced internally, the UN added.