Ethiopia Sponsored Rebels Struggling as Eritrea Strengthens Ties with Gulf Arab States (Video)

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Is this a desperate call for Qatar by Al Jazeera and Ethiopia to balance UAE and Saudi Arabia’s support to Eritrea?


Over 10 miserably armed opposition groups that are backed by arch rival Ethiopia, are struggling to survive as Ethiopia mired in internal ethnic problems and the Eritrean government strengthen its military and economic power by forming new alliances with Egypt and some Gulf Arab states.

The rebels said they are struggling to put an end to the 25-year rule of Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki. However, the group and their backer Ethiopia admits the struggle could be very challenging, if not impossible, in the face of these new alliances between the government and some Gulf Arab states, such as the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Al Jazeera’s Charles Stratford traveled to Ethiopia’s Afar region near Eritrea and reports the above.