This is a rough translation of the interview,
The battle is taking place along three towns, Badme, Adi Kokeb and Adi Daaro.
For two weeks there has been howitzer and small arms fire.
The witness works in a hospital, although he has heard the sounds of battle, he hasn't seen any of the fighting with his eyes. He has seen over one thousand wounded men in the hospital he works, most of the wounded are Woyanes, a few are Eritrean.
The Eritrean official Ali Abdu declined to offer any comment to VOA.
The witness refused to give his name for security reasons.
The witness has been in Bdame, Adi Kokeb, Gafi Semay. The battle has been going on along these towns and it is still going on as he speaks.
The Eritreans are taking the initiative and they are the ones who are agressively and persistently attacking the Woyane forces. Shabbia is on the offensive, Woyane is on the defensive.
The Eritreans are using attack and retreat tactics, they would come and attack and they would retreat.
The witness has seen wounded men in places like Badme, Adi Kokeb, Adi Walai. He added the towns where the wounded are being treated are numerous, he didn't mention all of them.
The 1000 wounded he saw are in Adi Kokeb, in the rest he doesn't know the number of the wounded.
The witness was asked how he knew all of this. He said he is in the health care business, he works in the Adi Kokeb hospital, he has seen the wounded with his own eyes and the information he gives is first hand.
The witness said the hospital was being renovated after it was damaged in the war in 1999.
Adi Kokeb is an hour and half by car from Badme, it is to the west of Badme.
The howitzer fire can be heard all the way to Shire town.
In Adi Kokeb the shells are falling so close there is a fear of being hit.
The witness had been in Adi kokeb for two weeks and the howitzer fire was going on when he arrived there.
The most intense artillery fire is at night.
The witness confirmed he saw the burned out school in badme and the residents told him it was hit by Shabia, so it doesn't look like the town itself is yet liberated by Shabia.
Both in Badme and Shiraro the residents are terrified and demanded Woyane stop the attacks in a town hall meeting.
The Woyane officials attempted to pacify the public by saying they will finish it, but the people didn't really believe them.
The administrator of Tahtay Adyabo Ato Leake G/Egziabher has denied the burning of the school or the bus in Badme.
Ato Leake was also asked by the VOA Tigrinya langauge reporter Betre Siltan about the news of the fighting and if he heard any artillary or small arms fire, but Ato Leake denied it all, he said there is no fighting or sound of fighting.
Gebru Asrat also confirmed there is fighting going on.