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.


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: abraham
March 17, 2012 6:51 AM
You can not compare Ethiopian military with Eritrean
they will remember the Badme war
We defeated Eritreans

by: jossi
March 16, 2012 9:30 PM
Every body knows Eritrea is small country with Huge power like Israel.We can call it African Israel...

by: EthioD
March 16, 2012 10:15 AM
No one can benefit from war.......

by: yonas
March 16, 2012 8:50 AM
Ethiopia on its wAY to fragmentation, meles on his way for suicide

by: Optimist
March 16, 2012 7:57 AM
How do we know this is true? The last time we heard the regime in Ethiopia is looking for war in order to avoid the April 2002 EEBC Final and Binding verdict from being implemented. They think they can force change a hague ruling by breathing heavy and pumping their nose with a complete permission of the powers be. The only solution between Ethiopia's rulers and Eritreans is April 2002 EEBC Final and Binding Just Verdict.

by: Aba roba
March 16, 2012 4:53 AM
Esayas should be clearly told with the language he could understand well!

by: Stonehard
March 16, 2012 3:34 AM
this is how war games starts. please be reminded with that there is no save haven for terrorist!

by: nero
March 16, 2012 2:05 AM
And the "toothless bulldog" African Union will remain silent?

by: leuel
March 16, 2012 1:17 AM
Full scale fighting is inevitable and both will be the loosers again .

by: Buom
March 16, 2012 12:51 AM
what is importance between two countries is to build a paradigm diplomatic relationship instead of war so far Ethiopia of today is peace mediator in the Africa.
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