As fighting continues “in many parts” of the Ethiopian Tigra, Tigray regional president Debretsion Gebremichael told FRANCE 24, according to the United Nations, that the northern region would continue to fight as long as federal “invaders” are on Tigrayan territory.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced military operations in the northern region of Tigray a month ago, saying they were targeting the leaders of the ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
Gebremichael believes neighboring Eritrea plays a key role in the conflict.
“They already have 16 divisions in Tigray. They’re fighting on the side of the federal army … They have a united front against us. Wherever you go, they are there. “
“We are in our homeland, the invaders are attacking us, by air or artillery fire.”
Gebremichael also alleged that Eritrean troops had participated in massive looting, a report denied by both Eritrea and Ethiopia.
‘They brought laboratory equipment, computers and books. They went to one drug factory, ”Gebremichael told France 24’s Nicolas Germain.
The conflict that lasted for a month has claimed thousands of lives, and tens of thousands of refugees have crossed the border into Sudan, according to the International Crisis Group (ICG).
The UN has warned of a possible humanitarian catastrophe in Tigray, although a communication breakdown has made it difficult to assess conditions on the ground.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP)