Tigray Rebels Fire Missiles at Eritrean Capital

Missiles also hit Ethiopian cities

In a potentially huge escalation in the region, the rebel Tigray forces in northern Ethiopia fired missiles at the Eritrean capital of Asmara. They said this was the only Eritrean city that was targeted, though cities in Ethiopia were also reported hit.

With bloody fighting already on the rise in Ethiopia, Tigray officials now claim Eritrean troops have crossed the border into their territory. They said the missile fire is retaliation for crossing the border.

Tigray’s regional president Gebremichael confirmed missile fire, saying that they consider Eritrea a legitimate military target as long as they have troops on their side of the border. Tigray officials also accused Ethiopia of using UAE drones against them.

The potential involvement of Eritrea in this fight would greatly complicate matters in Tigray. Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed is downplaying this, saying he is confident the military can handle Tigray operations by itself.

Eritrea and Ethiopia are not on the best of terms, and Ethiopia almost certainly wouldn’t officially allow it. The flareup of violence around Tigray is a concern for the whole region, especially if it spills across the border.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.