The Eritrean government issued a statement confirming the heavy fighting on the border with Ethiopia, accused Ethiopia of launching an attack against it.
In a statement issued today, the Eritrean Information ministry said:
The [Ethiopian] regime has today, Sunday 12 June 2016, unleashed an attack against Eritrea on the Tsorona Central Front. The purpose and ramifications of this attack are not clear. The Government of Eritrea will issue further statements on the unfolding situation. (Ministry of Information, Asmara, 12 June 2016)
According to HornAffairs report, Fighting broke out between Ethiopian and Eritrean armies on Sunday on Tsorena area.
Ethiopia’s communications minister, Getachew Reda, told Bloomberg on Sunday, the incident could be an effort by the Eritrean government to distract attention from a June 8 United Nations report that said its leaders committed crimes against humanity