KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) – Ethiopian authorities announced on Saturday that Eritrean troops had begun withdrawing from Tigris, where they were fighting alongside Ethiopian forces in a battle against fugitive leaders in the region.
The Eritreans “have now begun to evacuate” the Tigray, and Ethiopian forces have “taken over the protection of the national border,” the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
It is not clear how many Eritrean troops have left. Ում Some in Tigray claim that the Eritreans did not leave at all. Regional officials have accused Eritrean troops of sometimes wearing Ethiopian military uniforms.
The Ethiopian government is under intense pressure to end the Tigris War, which began in November when Prime Minister Abi Ahmed deployed troops there after an attack on federal military facilities. Fugitive leaders in the region do not recognize Abi’s reputation since last year’s national election was postponed amid a coronavirus epidemic.
The G-7 group issued a strong statement on Friday calling for the “immediate, unconditional and verifiable withdrawal” of Eritrean troops from the Tigris after Abi said last week that the Eritreans had agreed to leave.
The statement called for “a clear, inclusive political process that will be acceptable to all Ethiopians, including those in Tigray, and that will lead to a broader reconciliation process through credible elections.”
In an analysis published on Friday, the International Crisis Group warned of the risk of a “protracted” war, citing deep-rooted Tigris resistance, coupled with the determination of Ethiopian ր Eritrean authorities to oust ousted Tigray leaders.
“It would further destabilize the Tigray and greatly damage Ethiopia, a country in the Horn of Africa,” the report said. “With the decisive victory of each side in the long run, the parties must consider the cessation of hostilities, which allows to increase the availability of humanitarian aid. “This practical first step will alleviate the suffering of civilians. Ideally, it will pave the way for a return to dialogue.”
Reports of war massacres, such as massacres and rapes, are growing, and concerns are growing about the lack of food and medical care in Tigray, home to 6 million people in Ethiopia, with a population of more than 110 million.
The United States has described some of the abuses in Tigray as “ethnic cleansing” and the allegations made by the Ethiopian authorities as baseless. Ethiopian officials in Addis Ababa did not specify the number of casualties.
Last week, the UN և Ethiopian human rights agency announced that they had agreed to conduct a joint investigation into the abuses in Tigris, where fighting continues as government forces hunt down fighters loyal to the Tigris People’s Liberation Front, a party that has dominated the nationalist party for decades. in politics. before the ascent of Abi.