“The fight still continues on many fronts” in Ethiopia, Debretsian Gebremikel told Reuters in a text message.
Five regional diplomats told Reuters immediately after the attack that at least three rockets were fired from Ethiopia into the Eritrean capital on Saturday night. At least two rockets hit Asmara Airport, three diplomats said.
His government says the Ethiopian military is carrying out airstrikes in an attempt to destroy equipment, including arms depots controlled by the rebels.
“Thank you and commitment to exception gallantry [sic] Sons and daughters, Ethiopia are able to achieve the objectives of the operation by themselves, ”he said.
The Tigrian leader Debretsian, communicating by text message, also stated that his forces have been fighting “16 divisions” on “several fronts” of the Eritrean army for the past few days. He did not estimate how many troops Eritrea had deployed. Eritrea has a large standing army that the CIA of the United States employs 200,000 personnel.
He said that Eritrean forces have penetrated into Ethiopia in the three border towns of Badakh, Rama and Zalambesa in the rest of the northern region.
“Our country is attacking a foreign country, Eritrea. Treason!” He told Reuters in a text message.
There was no immediate comment from the Ethiopian government on the strike claim on Eritrea or other comments.
The government of Eritrea has denied involvement in the conflict. The officials of Asmara could not immediately arrive after the attacks.
Debretian said on Tuesday that Eritrea had sent troops to the border in support of Abi’s government, but provided no evidence. Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh Mohammed refused at the time, telling Reuters: “We are not part of the conflict.”
At around 7.50 pm local time on Saturday, the United States Embassy in Emitra said a series of loud noises were heard in Asmar.
According to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), more than 14,500 refugees have fled Ethiopia to Sudan since the violence began on 4 November. The United Nations said services for 96,000 Eritrean refugees inside Tigray have been disrupted and there are reports of an increasing number of Ethiopians being internally displaced.