03-15-2012, 04:35 PM #1
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Ethiopia 'launches military attack inside Eritrea'
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Ethiopian troops are also currently active in Somalia
Ethiopian forces have launched a military assault on positions inside Eritrea, Ethiopian officials have said.
Ethiopia attacked because Eritrea was training "subversive groups" to carry out attacks inside Ethiopia, a government spokesman said.
A number of people were killed and others captured when three camps were attacked, a defence official said. Eritrea has not yet commented.
The two countries fought a border war from 1998 to 2000.
Despite signing a peace treaty, tensions between the two countries have remained high ever since.
However, Thursday's dawn raid is the first attack by Ethiopian troops inside Eritrean territory since the end of the war, in which some 80,000 people died.
The United States has called on both countries to "exercise restraint and to avoid any further military action".
In recent weeks Addis Ababa has accused Eritrea of backing Ethiopian rebels who staged a January raid in the northern Afar region that killed five Western tourists.
Two German nationals were taken hostage during that attack - there has been no official word of their condition since.
Ethiopian government spokesman Shimeles Kemal said the army units involved had returned to camp after "successfully completing" their mission.
He claimed Eritrea is harbouring "hit-and-run terrorists", and he warned of further possible operations.
"As long as Eritrea remains a launching pad for attacks against Ethiopia, similar measures will continue to be taken," he said.
Ethiopia is also engaged in military operations in neighbouring Somalia, where it is fighting the Islamist al-Shabab group.
Eritrea denies accusations that it backs al-Shabab.
Eritrea was a province of Ethiopia until 1993, when it won independence after a 30-year guerrilla war.
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Re: Ethiopia 'launches military attack inside Eritrea'
allAfrica.com: Eritrea: Ethiopian Forces Raid Asmara's Bases
Eritrea: Ethiopian Forces Raid Asmara's Bases
16 MARCH 2012
A Slovakian deminer from the United Nations Mission in Eritrea and Ethiopia. (Photo Courtesy Jorge Aramburu/UN/DPI)
Cape Town — Ethiopian troops mounted a raid into neighbouring Eritrea on Thursday and claimed to have destroyed "three mercenary camps".
The Ethiopian Defense Force described the incursion as a "counter-attack" after the killing of foreign tourists in Ethiopia by "Eritrea's mercenaries," reports the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA).
Eritrea's foreign ministry responded by saying the Ethiopians had attacked Eritrean army outposts near the border between the two countries in a "provocative attack" which "seems to have [been] chosen to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the arbitral ruling of the Eritrea Ethiopia Boundary Commission."
The rulers of the two countries, once allies, have been in a tense stand-off for the last decade after falling out and fighting a border war between 1998 and 2000.
ENA quoted an Ethiopian army spokesman, Colonel Gebrekidan Gebremariam, as telling journalists that its forces had "successfully annihilated the destructive force of the Eritrean government" in the areas of Ramid, Gelahben and Gembe. He accused Eritrea of "activity bent on destabilizing the peace and security of Ethiopia."
Eritrea in turn accused Addis Ababa of "incessant acts of aggression...
for the last ten years" and of "illegal occupation of sovereign Eritrean territories..."
An Ethiopian foreign ministry spokesman, Dina Mufti, told the London Financial Times that its attack on Thursday was "a proportionate act, we are responding to what the Eritreans have done," the Times reported."Do not misuse your time while following your heart, for it is offensive to the soul to waste one's time." ~ Ptahhotep
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