Mobilization of the armed forces in Eritrea, according to Canadian and British diplomats

Mobilization of armed forces in Eritrea, according to Canadian and British diplomats


The Eritrean authorities have decreed a mobilization of their armed forces in response to the resumption of fighting in northern Ethiopia, the British and Canadian diplomatic services have indicated.  

In travel advisories issued late Friday, the Canadian and British governments warned their nationals in Eritrea to limit travel following the call to action.  

“Local authorities have issued a general call for the mobilization of armed forces in response to the conflict in northern Ethiopia,” the Canadian government said. “Additional security measures could be imposed in the short term across the country,” he added.  

The British notice clarifies that the Eritrean announcement was made on Wednesday . “You should be extra vigilant at this time,” the notice reads.

The resumption of fighting last month in Tigray has ended a truce reached in March and dashed hopes for a peaceful resolution to a nearly two-year war between Ethiopian authorities and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF). ). 

Tigray authorities have since expressed readiness to participate in talks led by the African Union (AU), but the Ethiopian government has not publicly responded to these overtures, content to say that he remained “committed” to the AU-led peace process.

The two sides accused each other of having fired first and the fighting spread from southern Tigray to other fronts further north and west, while drawing in Eritrean troops who had supported Ethiopian forces during the first phase of the war.  

Eritrea, one of the most closed states in the world, has not commented on this information. 

Since the last clashes broke out, Tigray was bombarded several times. An official at Ayder Central Hospital, the largest in the region, said 16 people had died in airstrikes.  

AFP was not in able to independently verify these claims, as access to northern Ethiopia is severely restricted. 

The conflict, marked by abuses of civilians by both sides, has sparked the displacement of more than two million people and plunged hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians into near-famine conditions, according to the UN.