Washington imposes sanctions on the army and the ruling party in Eritrea

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On Friday, the United States announced that it is imposing sanctions on the army and the ruling party in Eritrea.

On charges of aiding in the war in the Ethiopian province of Tigray between the federal forces and the militants of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front.

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This came in a statement by the US Treasury, in which it said that the sanctions targeted the Eritrean Defense Force and the Popular Front for Democracy and Justice party, to which Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki belongs.

Also on the US Treasury’s blacklist were the head of the Eritrean National Security Bureau, Abraha Kassa Nirimim, and the Hediri Fund.

It is a holding company affiliated with the Popular Front Party, in addition to Hagos Gbriwit Kidan, the party’s economic advisor.

“Eritrean forces were active throughout Ethiopia during the conflict, and were responsible for perpetrating massacres, looting, and sexual assaults,” the US Treasury added in its statement.

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The statement accused the Eritrean Defense Force and the Popular Front of contributing to the crisis and obstructing efforts to reach a ceasefire or peace agreement.

He stated that IDF soldiers disguised themselves in old Ethiopian military uniforms, closed vital relief routes, and threatened workers at a major hospital in northern Ethiopia.

On August 23, the United States imposed sanctions against the Eritrean Chief of Staff Philippos and Deohannis.

Because of “serious human rights violations” committed by his forces in the Tigray region.

More recently, the conflict in Ethiopia escalated nearly a year after clashes erupted on November 4, 2020.

He was between the Ethiopian army and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, after government forces entered the region in response to an attack on an army base.

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On the 28th of the same month, Ethiopia announced the end of a “law enforcement” operation by controlling the entire territory.

Despite reports of continued human rights violations in the area since then, thousands of civilians were killed.