The Canadian and British governments on Friday warned their citizens in Eritrea to limit travel following the call for military deployment.
“Local authorities have launched a general appeal for the mobilization of the Armed Forces in response to the conflict in Northern Ethiopia,” said the Canadian Government, admitting that “additional security measures may be imposed in the short term across the country.”
The UK Government revealed that Eritrea’s announcement reveals that there must be “increased vigilance at this time”.
The resumption of fighting in Tigray in August ended a truce agreed in March and dashed hopes of a peaceful resolution to a nearly two-year war between the Ethiopian authorities and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). ). The Tigray authorities have since expressed a willingness to participate in African Union (AU)-led talks, but the Ethiopian government has not publicly responded to this availability, saying only that it remains “committed” to the AU-led peace process.
Both sides of the conflict blame each other for the start of the fighting, which spread from South Tigray to other fronts to the North and West, while attracting Eritrean troops who had supported Ethiopian forces during the first phase of the war. Eritrea, for its part, did not comment on this information. Since the last clashes erupted, the Tigray has been bombed several times, with an official at the central hospital in Ayder, the largest in the region, saying that 16 people had died in air strikes, information that the AFP agency could not confirm. The conflict, marked by abuses against civilians on both sides, displaced more than two million people.