An air and ground offensive by Ethiopian troops and their allies against insurgent troops from the northern Tigray region is intensifying, a spokesman for the Tigrayan forces said on Wednesday, claiming “harrowing” losses.
Getachew Reda von the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) told Reuters by phone that the Ethiopian military and allies from the Amhara region were fighting the Tigrayan forces on multiple fronts, both in the Amhara regions and in the Afar regions bordering Tigray .
A spokesman for the Ethiopian military did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The military and government have failed to acknowledge a new offensive that, according to the TPLF, began with air strikes last week, days after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was sworn in for a new five-year term.
“It’s an ongoing struggle and the numbers the victim is staggering, “Getachew said, adding that he could not give any details about the number of dead or wounded. He said that there was fighting near the town of Weldiya in Amhara and that fighting in Afar, in the Haro and Chifra areas near the border with Amhara, has resumed.
Reuters was able to resolve the situation Do not independently check on the spot or to confirm the number of victims because the area is closed to journalists and many phone connections are down.
The fighting has raised fears that they will leave the Horn of Africa nation at 109 Famine could further destabilize millions of residents and plunge Tigray deeper into the depths.
The conflict has already attracted Ethiopia’s neighbors, the mysterious and repressive nation of Eritrea, which sent troops across the border to support the Ethiopian military, when the conflict broke out in November 2020.
Auxiliaries, citing witnesses, told Reuters that Eritrean fighters were still in Ethiopia participating in the conflict.
D Eritrean Information Minister Yemane Gebremeskel did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The US State D The US State Department said Tuesday it was considering applying economic sanctions to the Punish parties responsible for the violence.
Thousands of civilians have been killed in fighting and millions displaced since the war broke out in Tigray.
Tigrayan troops were initially repulsed but captured in the July returned most of the region and pushed into the neighboring regions of Amhara and Afar, displacing hundreds of thousands more people.
Amhara claims western Tigray, a piece of fertile farmland with a strategically important border with Sudan, the Has been under Amhara control since the fighting began.
Tigray’s borders are now surrounded by enemy forces and the United Nations says the government is blocking the food aid to hundreds of thousands of starving people – a charge it denies.
Another humanitarian worker, citing witnesses, said Eritrean forces fought Tigrayans in Berhale, a town in the Afar region.