By Leonard Vincent
The tension rises, again, between the neighboring rivals, Ethiopia and Eritrea. Ethiopian authorities announced this week, having stopped in the south, an armed commando who had entered their territory to carry out violent actions. In the Eritrean capital, meanwhile, the army called on reservists to join their barracks.
All citizens aged 16 to 52 who, for one reason or another, are not found in their military unit are expected to report to their barracks on May 28th at 6:00 am. This is the call unambiguously displayed on the walls of the Eritrean capital, Asmara, since Wednesday.
Such sudden mobilization is not a first in this highly militarized country, but this time, it operates in a particularly dangerous situation.
Thursday, in fact, Ethiopian intelligence services said they had stopped on the border with Kenya, a commando of " armed mercenary Eritrean passport holders " preparing to commit " terrorist attack ."
The Eritrean Minister of Information, for its part, has violently rejected the " usual filthy allegations " but, obviously, Ethiopia has chosen to make the fever with the approach of the celebrations of 25 years of the Eritrean independence, May 24th, in Asmara.
Several times this year, Ethiopia has clearly warned Eritrea against any military adventurism.
The two enemy brothers of the Horn of Africa have already delivered a devastating border war between 1998 and 2000, killing about 80 000 young soldiers on both sides.