The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) has claimed responsibility for the recent attack on Eritrea’s Asmara International Airport.
Several rockets landed at the airport late on November 14. Loud explosions were heard all over the Eritrean capital. Nevertheless, no casualties have been reported yet.
TPLF leader Debretsion Gebremichael, the de-facto ruler of the northern Ethiopian region of Tigary, confirmed on November 15 that his forces bombed Asmara International Airport. The leader did not provide any details on the attack.
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Gebremichael justified the attack on Eritrea by claiming that Eritrea is backing the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) ongoing operation in Tigary, which started on November 4.
The leader said his forces have been fighting Eritrean forces “on several fronts” for the last few days. According to his claims, at least “16 divisions” of the Eritrean army are currently involved in the ENDF operation against the TPLF.
“As long as troops are here fighting, we will take any legitimate military target and we will fire,” said Gebremichael, according to al-Jazeera.
When asked about possibly targeting Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, Gebremichael replied: “I don’t want to tell you,” adding that the TPLF possess long-range missiles.
The attack on Asmara was a major escalation by the TPLF, which may be planning to internationalize the conflict in Tigray. Such attacks will only attract more international support for Ethiopian government forces.
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