Eritrean troopers withdraw from Tigray after peace settlement

1000’s of Eritrean troopers, who fought Tigray forces in assist of Ethiopia’s federal authorities throughout its two-year civil struggle within the northern Tigray area, have begun to withdraw from main cities in central and western Tigray.

Eyewitnesses advised The EastAfrican that dozens of vans carrying Eritrean troopers have left the cities of Axum and Shire, heading for the border with Eritrea.

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“Yesterday we counted as many as 30 trucks packed with Eritrean soldiers heading towards the border town of Sheraro,” Belay Tsehaye advised The EastAfrican from Shire city.

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One other resident of the Shire, Tewelde Hagos, equally confirmed that he witnessed the withdrawal of the Eritrean troopers in a number of heavy vans.

“They came from the direction of Axum and passed through Shire town on their way to the Eritrean border,” he mentioned.

The withdrawals observe a November 2 peace deal signed by Ethiopia’s federal authorities and Tigray’s regional social gathering, the Tigray Individuals’s Liberation Entrance (TPLF), which requires the elimination of international troops and non-federal forces from Tigray.

Nevertheless, Eritrea was not a celebration to the settlement, and the continued presence of its troops in Tigray has raised questions in regards to the sustainability of the delicate peace deal brokered by the African Union.

It was not instantly clear whether or not the Eritrean troops left Tigray solely or just withdrew from the area’s territories.

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Nevertheless, an support employee within the Shire advised Reuters that the departing Eritrean troopers waved goodbye because the vans drove previous.

Professor Kindeya Gebrehiwot, consultant of the Tigray authorities’s workplace of exterior affairs, didn’t instantly reply to The East African’s request for remark.

Neither the Ethiopian authorities nor the TPLF has mentioned something in regards to the withdrawal of the Eritrean military.

The Eritrean military, which was energetic within the two-year struggle in northern Ethiopia, has been accused of committing large-scale atrocities, together with sexual assaults, abstract killings, rapes, looting of cities and destruction of infrastructure.

Following the peace settlement in Pretoria, authorities in Tigray have accused the Eritrean authorities of attempting to impede the peace course of and have referred to as on the Ethiopian authorities to adjust to the phrases of the peace settlement by withdrawing the international and non-federal forces.

Sumur Tsehaye, a neighborhood political commentator, tells the East African that the withdrawal of Eritrean forces is a vital step for the implementation and sustainability of the peace settlement.

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However, he mentioned, their output should be fastidiously monitored.

“The AU compliance monitoring and verification team must confirm the full withdrawal of Eritrean forces from all parts of Tigray,” he mentioned. “Seeing the foreign forces leave can also reassure the people of Tigray that the peace deal was genuine.”

The battle in Tigray erupted in November 2020 between Ethiopian Federal Authorities forces and the TPLF, lasting two years because it claimed the lives of greater than half one million individuals and displaced many others from their houses.

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