“The continued presence of Eritrean forces in Tigray further undermines Ethiopia’s stability and national unity. We again call upon the Government of Eritrea to remove its forces from Tigray,” Blinken added.
In the investigation revealed Wednesday, a CNN crew witnessed troopers from neighboring Eritrea, some disguising themselves in previous Ethiopian navy uniforms, manning checkpoints in Tigray, obstructing and occupying important assist routes, and roaming the halls of one of many area’s few working hospitals and threatening medical employees.
Following the publication of CNN’s investigation, the United Nations confirmed Wednesday that the “blockades by military forces” had severely impeded the flexibility for help to achieve rural areas the place the humanitarian disaster is worst.
Texas Rep. Michael McCaul instructed CNN on Thursday that “there have been ample, credible reports from human rights groups and journalists on the continuing presence of Eritrean troops, and reports that have implicated them, and other armed actors, in human rights abuses, rape and other atrocities.”
“It is clear that the Government of Ethiopia and the Government of Eritrea have not upheld their public commitment to withdraw Eritrean forces out of Tigray. Now we have this on-camera evidence from CNN.”
McCaul and Rep. Gregory Meeks, the New York Democrat who’s chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, have been main a continued push for the Biden administration to “urgently use all available tools, including sanctions and other restrictive measures, to hold all perpetrators accountable and bring an end to this conflict.”
He has spoken a number of occasions with Abiy in regards to the disaster, most not too long ago final month to press Ethiopia and Eritrea to make good on commitments to withdraw Eritrean troops “immediately, in full and in a verifiable manner.”
Amid the humanitarian disaster, the State Department dispatched its particular envoy for the Horn of Africa, Jeff Feltman, to the area this month. Feltman traveled to Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Sudan in early May, assembly with authorities officers, the UN and the African Union. He is scheduled to temporary the Senate Foreign Relations Committee behind closed doorways subsequent week.
The US has despatched hundreds of thousands in extra funds to Tigray to help in responding to the humanitarian disaster and has deployed a US Agency for International Development catastrophe help response crew to the area.
CNN’s Jennifer Hansler, Veronica Stracqualursi, Barbara Arvanitidis, Eliza Mackintosh and Rachel Janfaza contributed to this report.