Eritrean forces crossed into Ethiopia to protect border, PM says

A damaged tank stands on a road north of Mekele, the capital of Tigray on February 26, 2021. Tigray has been the theater of fighting since early November, when Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced military operations against the northern region's former ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front, accusing it of attacking federal army camps. Pro-government troops took the regional capital Mekele in late November but clashes have persisted in the region. (EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP)

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said Eritrean forces crossed into his nation’s territory after fighting broke out in the northern region of Tigray in a conflict that’s cost the government more than US$1 billion.

In a first such admission, Abiy said Eritrea supported the Ethiopian forces from the onset of the conflict. They stepped in to protect their border, Abiy said in response to questions in parliament on Tuesday.

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