Tigray has declared war on “Red Sea Force” of Afar and Eritrea. Tigray regional government released a statement today announcing the start of a military offensive in the neighboring Afar region.
Intense fighting is being reported on the Tigray-Afar border. Tigray government says that in recent weeks despite provocations by Afar regional president Awol Arba, Amhara leaders, and the Eritrean government, it showed restraint. Afar fighters carried out several incursions into Tigray only 30 km away from capital Mekelle, claims the statement.
The statement attributes alleged Afar attacks on Tigray to the Ethiopian government’s policy to block aid supplies to Tigray through Afar.
Eritrean military is leading “Red Sea Force” of Afars and Tigray will degrade the fighting capabilities of enemy forces, says Tigray.
Tigray government makes it clear in the statement that its forces do not intend to remain in Afar. It only wants to push rival forces from Tigray and from areas close to Tigray borders.
In July 2021, when TDF entered Amhara and Afar regions, it issued a similar statement saying that it wanted to degrade the fighting capabilities of enemy forces. But later after suffering military setbacks, it had to withdraw from Amhara and Afar regions last month.
It remains to be seen how deep Tigray fighters will go deep into Afar. Will the Ethiopian government deploy federal and other regional forces on this front?
Will Eritrea, which is a key player in this conflict from the outset, openly militarily support Afar forces?
The renewed Tigray Afar war border will further dim the prospects of aid delivery to Tigray. Very little aid has managed to enter Tigray in recent months. Tens of thousands are in dire need of humanitarian need in the region.
The new phase of fighting is going to lead to massive civilian displacements from Abala, Megale, Erebti, and Berhale woredas of Afar.
While the Ethiopian government says it is about to start a national dialogue to bring peace to Ethiopia, Tigray Afar war could jeopardize the start of the National Dialogue.
4 thoughts on “Tigray declares war on “Red Sea Force” of Afar & Eritrea”
I supose the TPLF has been now tring to capture some woredas in the Afar region to negotiate for Wolkait. The TPLF is a desperate organization and it is a zero risk for Ethiopia.
For me I have totally agreed with the statement of the Tigray government because
First , the federal government and the Eritrean government want degrade the fighting capabilities of TDF
By using different frontlines which are Afar Tigray border , from the south sudden Tigray, western Tigray and from Eritrea as well .
2nd those Governments don’t want open the Abala Mekele road for Aid or any medical supplies and keep the siege as could they can,
Therefore from the from the Tigray government’s prospects
Tigray haven’t any options
I have learned from the past few weeks
The Tigray government want ceasefire and have tried to stop the afar forces however, they have not stopped .
So what we expect from the central command of the Tigray government
They couldn’t just watch the Afar force to enter Mekele or keep the siege
As you mentioned they will not open the the siege military but the Ethiopian government and the Afar government not willing to negotiate
Finally, from my point of view
From now it is up to the international community to put on a pressure on the government of Ethiopia
And especially on the government of Eritrea
I think you have not explained the what rule has been playing the government of Eritrea
The international community should play a big rule on stopping the interference of Eritrean government in Ethiopia
LE TDF EST UNE ORGANISATION DES MALFAITEURS QUI DIRIGENT LA RÉGION DE TIGRÉ. DEPUIS QUE PM ABIEH A DÉCLARÉ LE CESSEZ-LE-FEU LE TDF A REGROUPÉ CES FORCES MILITAIRES SUR LA FRONTIÈRE DE LA RÉGION AFAR ET DES TEMPS EN TEMPS ELLE MENÉ DES ATTAQUES DANS LA 2 ÈME ZONE ET WARADAS DE LA 2 ÈME ZONE. POURQUOI PAS SI ELLE VEUT ATTAQUER L’ERYTHRÉE LE TIGRÉ POSSÈDE UNE FRONTIÈRE AVEC L’ERYTHRÉE AU NORD SANS TOUCHER LA RÉGION AFAR ET LA 2 ÈME ZONE TEL QUE AB ALA ,BARAHLE ET MAGAALEÉ
Your will be reporting a different story in a few weeks time. The world will witness a captured Getachew Reda pleading for his life and Debretision along with the rest of the junta will be neutralized and turn into ashes. You can take this inevitable scenario to the bank. These terrorists are in their last leg.