Monday, June 13, 2016

Border clash between Ethiopia and Eritrea

(BBC) - Eritrea has accused Ethiopia of launching an attack at the countries' heavily-militarised border.

Ethiopia has not commented on the reported fighting in the Tsorona area, about half-way along the frontier.

Residents on the Ethiopian side of the border reported hearing gunfire and seeing a large movement of troops and artillery towards the border.

A peace deal in 2000 ended the countries' two-year war but it has not been fully implemented.
Ever since, the countries have been in a state of "neither war nor peace", says the BBC's Emmanuel Igunza in Nairobi.
Eritrea says the tense relations with Ethiopia are why it has national conscription, which can last for decades.
The conflict, over the exact location of the border led to the deaths of an estimated 80,000 people.

Ethiopia "unleashed an attack against Eritrea on the Tsorona Central Front. The purpose and ramifications of this attack are not clear," the Eritrean government said in a short statement issued on Sunday night.
It does not mention any casualties.