US calls for de-escalation of tensions in Tigray

US Government has condemned missile attacks on Eritrean capital, Asmara amid tension in Ethiopian Tigray region escalates.

In a Twitter, U.S. State Department’s top diplomat for Africa, Tibor Nagy on Sunday denounced attacks by Ethiopia’s rebellious Tigray region on neighbouring Eritrea.

“The United States strongly condemns the TPLF’s unjustifiable attacks against Eritrea on November 14 and its efforts to internationalize the conflict in Tigray,” Tibor Nagy tweeted. “We continue to urge immediate action to protect civilians, deescalate tensions, and restore peace,” said Nagy, who is the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.

The development came just hours after the leader of the Tigray region confirmed that his forces had fired rockets at the airport in Eritrea’s capital.

Tigray regional President Debretsion Gebremichael, in a phone interview Sunday with The Associated Press, wouldn’t say how many missiles were fired at the city of Asmara on Saturday, but said it was the only city in Eritrea that was targeted.

“As long as troops are here fighting, we will take any legitimate military target and we will fire,” he said, accusing Eritrea of sending troops into the Tigray region and denying reports that Tigray regional forces have entered Eritrea.

 

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