He said Asmara intended to respond to TPLF attacks against Eritrea, including rocket fire, and thus secure its border with Tigray. A violation of Ethiopian territory which did not pose a problem for Addis Ababa, visibly satisfied to find an ally in bringing Tigray to heel.
But if Abiy Ahmed finally recognizes the facts, it is because this alliance is becoming heavy to bear. Numerous abuses were committed by Eritrean troops, especially in the city of Aksum on November 28 and 29, 2020. Amnesty International denounces “extrajudicial executions, indiscriminate bombardments and widespread looting”. An action carried out jointly by the armies of the two countries.
Once the city fell, the Ethiopian soldiers apparently gave way to their allies at the time. “Eritrean soldiers have set about ransacking the city and systematically killing hundreds of civilians in cold blood, acts which could constitute crimes against humanity.”said Deprose Muchena, regional director of Amnesty International. Residents estimate that several hundred people were buried in the aftermath of the massacre.
Very heavy accusations that the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize winner had to condemn, even if his role in the case is more than ambiguous. “After the Eritrean army crossed the border and operated in Ethiopia, any damage it caused to our people is unacceptable”, solemnly declared Abiy Ahmed. But he did not go further in the condemnation, even assuring that Asmara’s troops would withdraw from their positions when the Ethiopian soldiers arrived.
Obviously, more is needed to sever relations between the two countries.
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