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World Ethiopia's Tigray leader confirms firing missiles at Eritrea as fighting escalates

14:05  15 november  2020
14:05  15 november  2020 Source:   nbcnews.com

Ethiopia’s military carries out airstrikes in Tigray as Abiy moves to impose federal control over region

  Ethiopia’s military carries out airstrikes in Tigray as Abiy moves to impose federal control over region Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said the airstrikes in Tigray destroyed rockets and other heavy artillery. © Mulugeta Ayene/AP Ethiopian Orthodox Christians light candles and pray for peace during a church service at the Medhane Alem Cathedral in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Thursday. His declaration on state television came the same day he moved to impose full federal control over Tigray and strip its ruling Tigray People’s Liberation Front of power, while also disarming its large paramilitary force and local militia.

The leader of Ethiopia ’s Tigray region confirmed firing missiles at neighboring Eritrea ’s capital Sunday, a huge The Tigray leader says “we will fight them on all fronts with whatever means we have.” He asserts that around 16 Eritrean divisions are fighting in what he calls a “full-scale war.”

With missiles being fired into Eritrea this conflict has now become far more serious and is likely to be harder to stop. media captionFour things that explain the crisis in the Tigray region of Ethiopia . The feud escalated in September, when Tigray held a regional election, defying a nationwide ban on all

NAIROBI, Kenya — The leader of Ethiopia’s Tigray region has confirmed firing missiles at neighboring Eritrea’s capital and is threatening more, marking a huge escalation as the deadly fighting in northern Ethiopia between regional forces and the federal government now spills across an international border.

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Tigray regional President Debretsion Gebremichael, in an interview Sunday with The Associated Press, would not say how many missiles were fired at the city of Asmara on Saturday but said it was the only city in Eritrea that was targeted.

“As long as troops are here fighting, we will take any legitimate military target and we will fire,” he said, denying reports that Tigray regional forces have entered Eritrea.

Ethiopia's Tigray conflict risks spreading south

  Ethiopia's Tigray conflict risks spreading south The last time Ethiopian farmer Zeleke Alabachew saw combat was two decades ago, when a border war broke out with neighbouring Eritrea and he joined a ragtag militia that went to the front. Now Zeleke is preparing to fight an enemy closer to home: the ruling party of Ethiopia's Tigray region, where Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed last week ordered a military campaign that has Africa's second most populous nation careening towards a potential civil war. © EDUARDO SOTERAS People donate blood in the Ethipian city of Gondar to help special forces in the Amhara region "In total, the militiamen in this area are around 200.

Leaders of Ethiopia 's northern Tigray region on Saturday claimed rocket attacks on two airports in a nearby region and threatened to strike neighbouring Eritrea , raising fears that the escalating conflict could spread. The attacks -- and threats of more to come -- fuelled concern that a conflict Ethiopian

Leaders of Ethiopia 's northern Tigray region on Saturday claimed rocket attacks on two airports in a nearby region and threatened to strike neighbouring Eritrea , raising fears that the escalating conflict could spread. The attacks -- and threats of more to come -- fuelled concern that a conflict Ethiopian

At least three rockets appeared to be aimed at the airport in Eritrea’s capital, Asmara, hours after the Tigray regional government on Saturday warned it might attack. It has accused Eritrea of attacking it at the invitation of Ethiopia’s government since the conflict erupted on Nov. 4.

The Tigray leader says “we will fight them on all fronts with whatever means we have.” He asserts that around 16 Eritrean divisions are fighting in what he calls a “full-scale war.”

The brewing civil war in Ethiopia has the potential to be a devastating conflict for Africa’s second most populous country and the strategic Horn of Africa, with the potential to fracture a key U.S. security ally and create scores of thousands of refugees.

Fleeing Tigray war, Ethiopians cross river into Sudan

  Fleeing Tigray war, Ethiopians cross river into Sudan Fleeing Tigray war, Ethiopians cross river into SudanHAMDAYAT, Sudan (Reuters) - Ethiopians fleeing war in the northern Tigray region crossed a border river into neighbouring Sudan on Saturday, some in boats, some swimming or wading through the water.

Diplomats say three rockets were fired from Ethiopia ’s Tigray region, with two of them hitting the Eritrea ’s Foreign Minister Osman Saleh Mohammed denied sending troops to Ethiopia on Tuesday A top TPLF official appeared on Saturday to confirm that claim. Sekoutoure Getachew in a video

The ruling Tigray party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), said the Tigray Defence Forces conducted missile strikes in military bases in Bahir An Ethiopian Airlines worker who did not wish to be identified said flights to both Gondar and Bahir Dar airports had been cancelled after the attacks.

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The Tigray regional government, which once dominated Ethiopia’s ruling coalition, broke away from it last year, and the federal government says members of the region’s ruling “clique” now must be arrested and their well-stocked arsenal destroyed. Each side regards the other as illegal.

Debretsion would not say how many missiles remain at his troops’ disposal but “we have several. We can use it selectively, anywhere.” When asked about possibly targeting Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, he replied: “I don’t want to tell you, but the missiles are long-range as well.”

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Eritrean officials have not responded to requests for comment, and there was no immediate comment on the missile attack from Ethiopia’s federal government.

Ethiopia’s Tigray leader confirms firing missiles at Eritrea

  Ethiopia’s Tigray leader confirms firing missiles at Eritrea NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The leader of Ethiopia’s rebellious Tigray region has confirmed firing missiles at neighboring Eritrea’s capital and is threatening more, marking a huge escalation as the deadly fighting in northern Ethiopia between Tigray forces and the federal government spills across an international border. Tigray regional President Debretsion Gebremichael, in a phone interview Sunday with The Associated Press, would not say how many missiles were fired at the city of Asmara on Saturday but said it was the only city in Eritrea that was targeted.

The leader of Ethiopia ’s Tigray region, meanwhile, accused Eritrea of sending soldiers over the border to attack local forces. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s office said he is not ignoring international calls for calm over the escalating conflict that many fear is sliding towards civil war.

The leader of Ethiopia 's northern Tigray region said government air strikes had killed an unspecified number of civilians in recent days and vowed to defend his people until federal authorities realise "we cannot be subjugated by their knife". The week-old conflict between federal government.

The Tigray leader said his government, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, has no communications channel with Eritrea, even before the conflict. The two sides are at bitter odds after a long and deadly border war that ended after Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took office in 2018.

The TPLF is angry at being marginalized by Abiy’s sweeping political reforms, which won him the Nobel Peace Prize last year.

It also objects to the postponement of national elections until next year, which extends Abiy’s rule. In September it defiantly held a regional election that the federal government called illegal.

Ethiopia's Tigray: These refugees fled a town littered with corpses. They join tens of thousands making the journey to Sudan .
Thousands have made the journey from the Tigray region in Ethiopia to neighboring Sudan where they have been met with a shortage of food, beds and shelter. The UN described Tigray as a humanitarian crisis which will only escalate in the coming weeks. A town 'covered with corpses'Another survivor, Gashaw Maleda, said four of his friends escaped, but another 15 were killed. Tigrayan militias came with machetes and knives, looking for people from the Amhara region to kill, he said. © Marwan Ali/AP At least 30,000 refugees have fled to neigboring Sudan, according to the UN. "I hated being human at the time.

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