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Ethiopia’s warring region strikes Eritrea

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/16/20, 01:20 am

The leader of Ethiopia’s restive northern Tigray region on Sunday confirmed his region’s forces fired missiles at Eritrea’s capital city of Asmara. The United States Embassy in Eritrea in a security alert confirmed “a series of loud noises” near the Asmara airport on Saturday evening and urged citizens to stay indoors.

What prompted the attack? The region’s President Debretsion Gebremichael said about 16 Eritrean military divisions are backing the federal government in an ongoing offensive against Tigray’s forces. The military operation that began less than two weeks ago has killed hundreds and sent about 25,000 people fleeing into neighboring Sudan. Tigray forces also fired rockets at two airports in Ethiopia’s Amhara region on Friday. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has not heeded international calls to de-escalate the fighting despite concerns the conflict is growing into a regional problem.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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    Posted: Mon, 11/16/2020 12:01 pm

    Where is the U.N. during times like this? 

    Why haven't they resolved conflicts like this by now?

    Why should we give them money?