NAIROBI, Kenya — An Ethiopian army officer says the air force is”thumping targets with precision” since the federal government continues its offensive against the rebellious northern region of Tigray without an obvious path to peace is yet viewed.
Maj. Gen. Mohammed Tssema at a Facebook article on Monday also denied as”completely wrong” a claim from the Tigray regional authorities on Sunday a fighter jet was discounted.
The Tigray government affirmed the national government’s aerial attack, stating in a Facebook post the air pressure had completed over 10 airborne strikes up to now.
It remains uncertain how many individuals are killed in the fighting which erupted a week in Tigray as the authorities of Nobel Peace Prize-winning Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed comes under increasing international pressure to calm anxieties.
However, Abiy has revealed no indication of opening discussions with the Tigray regional authorities, which his administration regards as illegal following the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front which commended Ethiopia’s ruling coalition, broke away from it.
Abiy on Monday again sought to calm concerns the deadly confrontation may slide to civil war and destabilize the strategic Horn of Africa area.
“Concerns that Ethiopia will descend into chaos are unfounded,” he explained in a brief announcement, and pledged that what he calls law enforcement actions”will wrap up shortly.”
The United Nations and many others have warned of a brewing humanitarian catastrophe affecting around 9 million individuals.
Communications remain almost entirely cut off from Tigray, with roads and airports closed, complicating attempts to confirm both side’s assertions.
The battle in Tigray pits two armed forces against each other at the core of the tactical but vulnerable Horn of Africa area, and experts fear that neighbors such as Sudan, Eritrea, and Somalia might be hauled in.
Diplomats and others argue that the battle in Tigray could destabilize other areas of Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most populous nation with all 110 million people, dozens of cultural groups, along with other areas which have sought autonomy even as the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Abiy attempts to hold the nation together with exhortations of unity.