The Ethiopian government announced Eritrean troops are leaving the Tigray region of Ethiopia, after participating in Ethiopia’s military operation against the outlawed Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
However, some of the Eritrean personnel are also implicated in criminal acts against civilians, in the aftermath of the operation. “Close to 30 military personnel are apprehended of killings of civilians and rape cases. This includes Ethiopian and Eritrean troops and more investigations are underway through coordination of the military justice, regional and federal police as well as UN Human Rights Commission,” said Gedion Timotiwos (PhD), the attorney general, while briefing the media this afternoon.
He also stated Ethiopian defense force is undertaking counter insurgency actions in two areas in Tigray, against the TPLF. “The insurgents have eight military divisions, and 23 regiments, with presence in Afar, Oromia, Amhara and Benishangul Gumuz regional states.”
Bilene Seyoum, press secretary at the Ethiopian PM office, also disclosed the Ministry of Finance is assessing damages and mobilizing resources to re-construct the war thorned region. “Over ETB4.5 billion in humanitarian assistance is provided to the region so far, of which 75pct is by Ethiopian government. The Ministry of Agriculture and Education are also providing necessary inputs and services to resume normal life and development activities back to Tigray.”