One of the world’s most obscure conflicts, the revival of violence in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region has been seen in rare satellite photographs. Communications have been shut off, and journalists have been denied access to the area.
Images captured this month demonstrate the escalation of military forces and equipment near Ethiopia’s border with Eritrea.
They are members of the Ethiopian federal forces and their allies from Eritrea, who are engaged in a conflict with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which dominates the majority of the area.
Images obtained this month demonstrate the escalation of military forces and equipment along Ethiopia’s border with Eritrea, which supports Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in his fight against the area’s ruling Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
Recently, Eritrea reportedly called up its reserve troops for an offensive in Tigray.
In August, fighting resumed after a five-month humanitarian ceasefire was broken.
According to the World Food Programme of the United Nations, the civil conflict has left 13 million people in northern Ethiopia in need of aid.
The northwestern village of Shiraro, which was previously controlled by Tigrayans before being seized by pro-government forces earlier this month, was photographed on September 26.
The primary road leaving the town and traveling east is depicted in the above photograph.
On the main route at the lower left, tanks are positioned. In the upper right corner, you can see Maiani Hospital. With 35 beds, a section for obstetrics, X-ray equipment, and operating rooms, this facility debuted in 2014.
A formation or queue of what appears to be 150 individuals, most likely warriors, extends from the entrance back to the main road.
According to accounts from a year ago, the facility was severely damaged.
Health facilities in the area, including Maiani hospital, had been “looted, vandalised and destroyed in a deliberate and widespread attack” the nonprofit MSF reported in March 2021.
Of 106 centres they visited, only 13% were working normally. MSF said, “While some looting may have been opportunistic, health facilities in most areas appear to have been deliberately vandalised to make them non-functional.”