Ethiopia conflict: Rockets fired at Eritrean capital


Tigray forces in Ethiopia fired rockets across the border into Eritrea following claims Ethiopian soldiers were using an airport in the Eritrean capital to attack Tigray fighters.

Ethiopia’s civil conflict between government forces and the Tigray is approaching its second week, as fighting intensifies. On Saturday night, Tigray forces fired rockets over the border into neighbouring Eritrea, which hit the outskirts of the capital, Asmara.

Tigray fire rockets at Eritrea

On Saturday night, reports emerged from the Eritrean capital, Asmara, of large explosions being heard by residents. This coincided with reports of rockets landing near the city’s airport, which were later confirmed to have been fired by Tiogray forces in Ethiopia.

No casualties have been reported at this stage.

Animosity between the Tigray and Eritrea dates back decades with tensions remaining from a 20-year-long border war that only ended after a peace deal struck between Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrea President Isaias Afwerki in 2018 – a move that led to Ethiopia’s PM winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

However, tensions on home soil have resulted in the Peace Prize winner sending troops into civil war against Tigray forces.

Tigray fighters have accused Eritrean soldiers of co-operating with the Ethiopian national army, sending troops across the border and permitting attack launches from the airport targeted in Saturday night’s attack.

Analysts fear the firing of missiles across an international border makes the Ethiopian conflict more serious and difficult to resolve while increasing the risk of instability across the Horn of Africa region.

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.