15 members of the Eriteran Air Force, who fled Eritrea in the past 4 days, seek political asylum at an undisclosed location.
assenna.com has received more details of the group, including list of their names; but won’t reveal it for safety reasons.
Although, loyalty is one of the several criterion to join the Eritrean Air Force, many of them had already defected the PFDJ regime in a similar manner. The repeated mass defection of its skilled officers has undermined the young Eritrean Air Force significantly.
The unelected president of Eritrea, Isaias Afewerki, often denies the fact that Eritreans, particularly the youth, are running away from his dictatorial regime in numbers. In a recent interview with Al Jazeera International, he has surprised many by saying that the defection of the Eritrean national football team in December last year, in Kenya, which was in fact confirmed by his information minister at that time, was “A fresh News” to him.