December 6, 2022

Eritrean forces reportedly shell Tigray town in latest attack

Eritrean President Isaias Afwerkii is welcomed by Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed upon his arrival at Addis Ababa International Airport
Eritrean President Isaias Afwerkii is welcomed by Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed upon his arrival at Addis Ababa International Airport

Eritrean forces shelled a town in north Ethiopia last week, according to internal U.N. documents via Reuters.

Although it has been over a year and a half since the conflict in Tigray began, the report indicates that involved parties have still yet to reach a legitimate peaceful resolution or abide by a cessation of arms.

During the attack, at least 23 rounds were reportedly fired with some hitting a school housing displaced families. Over 2.5 million people in Tigray have been forcibly displaced from their homes since the start of the conflict according to the United Nations.

Eritrean forces have operated in support of Abiy Ahmed and his federal forces in their military campaign in Tigray. As the war has raged on, Eritrean forces have garnered condemnation from the international community for alleged war crimes and human rights abuses.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced in March of 2021 that Eritrean troops would withdraw completely from the region. However, it is reported that Eritrean forces are still involved in the conflict today.

In March of 2021, a ceasefire agreement was reached and agreed to by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. However, the Tigray region has yet to recover from the conflict and violent attacks are still occurring. Millions of people throughout the region need humanitarian assistance.

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