Tigray conflict with Ethiopia escalates to rocket attacks

Several rockets fired from the restive Tigray region Saturday night exploded on the outskirts of the Eritrean capital of Asmara. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Tigray’s ruling People’s Liberation Front, which is locked in a conflict with the Ethiopian federal government. threatens more attacks on Eritrea, which it accuses of sending forces to back the federal army.. The TPLF claims to have been sidelined by the widespread reforms imposed by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed since coming to power two years ago. Ahmed was awarded a Nobel peace prize for his outreach for peace with Eritrea after decades of conflict and he formed a close alliance with Eritrea’s authoritarian leader, Isaias Afwerki. The new tensions spill over into Sudan as thousands of refugees pour across Tigray’s northern border..

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