Dec 4, 2022

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Eritrea accuses TPLF of planning fresh attacks against Asmara

The drums of war are beating again on the troubled Ethiopia-Eritrea border after Asmara accused the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) of planning attacks to retake lost territory.

Asmara’s allegations on Tuesday were days after TPLF rebels and Eritrean forces clashed on two fronts in the towns of Badme and Rama, which lie along their bordering areas.

The Eritrean Ministry of Information said: “It was no secret that the TPLF leaders were preparing for a new military attack.”

“Their main objective is to reoccupy our country, which international law has recognized as the sovereign territory of Eritrea, and to recommit their hate-fueled looting and atrocities against Eritreans Ground.

“TPLF’s plan has the blessing and support of Western powers… They (Western powers) hurry up, grain, medicine, fuel and others re to deliver supplies in the name of humanitarian aid before TPLF starts the new war,” the ministry added, without naming the western po wers.

A long-tense relationship between the Ethiopian region of Tigray and Eritrea worsened in 2020 after President Isaias Afwerki sent his forces to join the Ethiopian Federal Army to fight against the TPLF, a banned group.

The Eritrean Information Ministry further said that the Eritrean people are fighting to defend the country from any attacks.

The international community has repeatedly urged the Eritrean government to withdraw its forces from Tigray in northern Ethiopia.

Sumur Tsehaye, a local political Commentator says Eritrea has “done almost nothing” to withdraw its forces from Tigray and adjacent areas.

“It’s such an irony when Eritrean officials in Tigrayan “Armed forces are preparing for war while their armed forces are illegally present in West Tiger, in direct violation of international law,” Mr Sumur told The EastAfrican.

” The Eritrean military has been waging war, crimes and crimes against humanity and alleged genocide in Tigray… If Eritrea wants to give peace in the region a chance, it should withdraw all its troops from Tigray.”

TPLF leaders have not responded to Eritrea’s new allegations.

All parties to the Tigray conflict, including Eritrean forces, have been accused of gross human rights abuses, including genocide and sexual violence.

Badme, the main source of the 1998-2000 border war between Eritrea and Ethiopia, was granted to Eritrea in 2002 by an Intermediate Boundary Commission.

The border conflict claimed the lives of over 70,000 people.

< p>In 2018, long-time rivals Ethiopia and Eritrea formally resumed diplomatic relations, ending 20 years of hostility with Ethiopia, which has agreed to obey the commission’s findings.