The US Embassy in Eritrea reported listening to six explosions on Saturday evening within the capital, Asmara.
It follows an embassy report of one other “loud noise, presumably an explosion” within the metropolis on Friday, almost two weeks after the federal government of neighbouring Ethiopia’s defiant Tigray area confirmed firing missiles on the metropolis throughout its warfare with Ethiopian federal forces.
The most recent explosions got here simply hours after Ethiopia’s navy mentioned it had gained “full management” of the capital within the Tigray area.
The Tigray Individuals’s Liberation Entrance (TPLF) chief earlier this month asserted that Eritrean forces had been concerned within the combating in Tigray on the invitation of Ethiopia’s authorities, one thing Addis Ababa has repeatedly denied.
Fears have grown that 96,000 Eritrean refugees in camps simply over the border in Ethiopia are in danger.
The US has accused the TPLF of looking for to “internationalise” the lethal battle during which humanitarians say a number of hundred folks have been killed, together with civilians.
Ethiopia’s prime minister mentioned on Saturday the taking of Mekele marked the “completion” of an offensive that began almost 4 weeks in the past.
The regional authorities mentioned the town of a half-million folks was “closely bombarded” within the closing push to arrest its leaders.
“God bless Ethiopia and its folks!” Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed mentioned in a press release. “We’ve entered Mekele with out harmless civilians being targets.”
He added police will now pursue the leaders of the TPLF, who run the area and dominated Ethiopia’s ruling coalition earlier than Abiy got here to energy in 2018 and sidelined them among the many sweeping reforms that gained him the Nobel Peace Prize.
Abiy’s authorities has accused the TPLF of inciting unrest and looking for to reclaim energy — every authorities now regards the opposite as unlawful.
The prime minister has rejected dialogue with TPLF leaders, together with throughout a Friday assembly with three African Union particular envoys.
The minister accountable for democratization, Zadig Abraha, mentioned the Ethiopian authorities does not but know the variety of folks killed within the battle.
“We’ve stored the civilian casualty very low,” he asserted. Humanitarians and human rights teams have reported a number of hundred lifeless, together with combatants.
Some Ethiopians at dwelling and within the diaspora celebrated on the information that Mekele was underneath the navy’s management. “Due to the Almighty God our creator. Amen. Let peace prevail in Ethiopia!!!” former Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn tweeted.
The combating has threatened to destabilise Ethiopia, which has been described because the linchpin of the strategic Horn of Africa, and its neighbours.
As worldwide alarm has grown for the reason that battle started on Nov. 4, so has a large humanitarian disaster. The Tigray area of 6 million folks has been minimize off from the world because the navy pursued what Abiy known as a “legislation enforcement operation” with airstrikes and tanks.
Meals, gasoline, money and medical provides have run desperately low. Practically 1 million folks have been displaced, together with greater than 40,000 who fled into Sudan.
Camps dwelling to 96,000 Eritrean refugees in northern Tigray have been within the line of fireside.