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    Ethiopia Attacks Military Base Inside Eritrea

    Ethiopian government spokesman, Shimeles Kemal speaks in Addis Ababa on March 15, 2012, where he announced that Ethiopia had attacked an Eritrean military base today, where rebel groups are armed and trained by the Eritrean government.
    Ethiopian government spokesman, Shimeles Kemal speaks in Addis Ababa on March 15, 2012, where he announced that Ethiopia had attacked an Eritrean military base today, where rebel groups are armed and trained by the Eritrean government.

    Ethiopian troops have carried out a cross-border attack against military training camps inside Eritrea.

    Ethiopia's statement

    Government spokesman Shimeles Kemal says Ethiopian troops crossed into Eritrea early Thursday to strike military outposts used by what he calls '"hit-and-run" subversive groups operating in the remote region.

    "The Ethiopian National Defense Force has entered into Eritrea, 16 kilometers from the border of Ethiopia, and launched a successful attack against military posts that have been used by subversive groups organized, supported, financed and trained by the Eritrean government," said Shimeles.

    The two camps targeted in the attacks are along Ethiopia's northeastern border, near where a group of European tourists were attacked in January. Five of the tourists were killed, and two others were taken captive. A little-known Ethiopian rebel group released the two captives last week.

    Rebel activity

    Spokesman Shimeles indicated the camps had been used by the rebels.

    "Certainly these camps, these military posts were used by anti-Ethiopian forces launching attacks inside Ethiopia, similar with the recent attack taken against European terrorists," he said.

    Shimeles gave few details of the incursion, other than to indicate there had been no clash between Ethiopian and Eritrean troops.

    "Today's measures do not constitute a direct military confrontation between the two armies, the armies of the two countries," added Shimeles.

    Retaliation

    The Ethiopian spokesman said he did not anticipate any retaliation from Eritrea.

    "We know for certain the Eritrean Defense Force is not in a position to launch a counter attack against Ethiopia, and if they do so, the result would be disastrous," he said.

    An Eritrean diplomat in Addis Ababa told VOA he had no immediate response to the incident.  The two countries do not maintain diplomatic relations, but Eritrea does have a mission to the African Union, based in the Ethiopian capital.

    The two countries fought a two-year border war more than a decade ago that killed 80,000 people.

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    by: shewa
    April 05, 2012 12:57 AM
    this is crucial action. the government gives eritrian gov. more chance to think deeply. but he sees this as fear

    by: Ali abdo
    March 26, 2012 5:21 AM
    During the Italian colony, all Eritreans men and women have been serving as sex slaves to the Italians and no wonder if the Italians shot and show symathy to their eritrean wives. All have been Bushti to their master colonizers.
    If Essayas by miss- calculation tries to retalate,it will be the end of his life.

    by: tesfaye k
    March 23, 2012 11:08 AM
    i am happy with this attack because eritierian govenmnt is a catalist for war ertirian government must stop to see ethiopia as enemy ok this is alittle attack you remains the biggest attack in the future if not stop to attack ethiopia

    by: Fethi Adam
    March 23, 2012 6:35 AM
    You better change your old tune of war mongering and start to believe in peace which will benefit every body. We have heard the monotonous "YFIYEL WETETIE" song for long now. You may always brug for having an "ever strong army" which eventually be defited on grounds of justice versus aggression. You don't believe it, learn your history.

    by: ethiopia
    March 21, 2012 11:14 PM
    After all we don’t need you’r ASAB we are on agreement to build ports with Sudan Kenya. Let me remind you points. 1. Use your Port for your animal’s 2.stop supporting terrorists else our military force will be in ASEMERA 3. Stop your refuges crossing our borders. And remember that our military is stronger than ever and you know it.

    by: andrew lyasimba
    March 20, 2012 8:45 AM
    war can be protected by creating more peace and any citizen to respective to the government and also all leadres of this two country must respect their citizens and promote more unity and social services i think it can be difficult the war to happen when there is these things.

    by: shalom
    March 19, 2012 4:04 AM
    Oh,U are simply the tube of eritrean media.plz do put a filter in Ur ear.

    by: Samuel
    March 18, 2012 4:37 AM
    War between the two nations should be avoided by any means as both should work hard to bring their respective citzens out of the vicious cirlce of poverty . My country is on the right path to growth and develpment and those who want to hinder the effort must be punished. We still have unanswered questions when it come to Ertrea

    by: ERITHIOPIA
    March 17, 2012 8:39 AM
    Put your passions away and think about the people on both sides. Both countries are miserably poor and can't even feed themselves; but their military spending is among one of the highest in Africa. It would have been wiser to concentrate the spending on development!

    by: bekele
    March 17, 2012 7:25 AM
    You can not compare Ethiopian military with Eritrean they will remember the Badme war We defeated Eritreans.? Don't be ignorant Ethiopa is a loser in Badme. Eritrea fight not only Ethiopa they fight with USA. Big country support by powerful country(USA) But still Ethiopa scare Eritreans .That way Ethiopa cry 24/7
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