Nine Eritrean army officers were killed in a surprise air attack on January 12 while traveling to Egypt, leading a convoy of 17 trucks full of arms that was to be smuggled to Hamas, late reports coming from Asmara indicated. The report disclosed that a colonel, Afwerqi Mosazgi, six Majors and two captains are among the 39 Sudanese and Egyptian associates killed in the attack.

Nine Eritrean army officers were killed in a surprise air attack on January 12 while traveling to Egypt, leading a convoy of 17 trucks full of arms that was to be smuggled to Hamas, late reports coming from Asmara indicated. The report disclosed that a colonel, Afwerqi Mosazgi, six Majors and two captains are among the 39 Sudanese and Egyptian associates killed in the attack.

Four Swedish papers are coordinately campaigning for the release of the Eritrean-Swedish journalist, Dawit Issack, who has been detained in a secret detention camp by President Isaias’s government since 2001. The daily papers which are believed to have great influence on the Swedish public opinion dedicated their editorial and front pages for the “Release Dawit Issack” campaign. Besides, they called on their government to step up its influence and pressure for the release of the journalist.

Four Swedish papers are coordinately campaigning for the release of the Eritrean-Swedish journalist, Dawit Issack, who has been detained in a secret detention camp by President Isaias’s government since 2001. The daily papers which are believed to have great influence on the Swedish public opinion dedicated their editorial and front pages for the “Release Dawit Issack” campaign. Besides, they called on their government to step up its influence and pressure for the release of the journalist.

The Ethiopian opposition army which have been salvaged, trained and mentored by the Eritrean regime and still continues to recruit new members is organized as a reserve guard to defend President Issias Afwerqi in an event an uprising arises, a senior Ethiopian opposition leader told our source in Asmara under a condition of anonymity. According to the source, Issias met the various opposition leaders separately in December 2008 during which he complained to them that his generals and ministries are untrustworthy who are opposed to the existence of the opposition forces in Eritrea and their goals and then asked them to stand firmly by his side to win their fight.

The Ethiopian opposition army which have been salvaged, trained and mentored by the Eritrean regime and still continues to recruit new members is organized as a reserve guard to defend President Issias Afwerqi in an event an uprising arises, a senior Ethiopian opposition leader told our source in Asmara under a condition of anonymity. According to the source, Issias met the various opposition leaders separately in December 2008 during which he complained to them that his generals and ministries are untrustworthy who are opposed to the existence of the opposition forces in Eritrea and their goals and then asked them to stand firmly by his side to win their fight.

The Eritrean government, due to serious shortage of hard currency it faced, has this week banned the sale of gas to the public, reliable sources in Asmara disclosed. The government has also taken measures to possess and own all NGO vehicles. The source indicated that security forces were randomly pulling over private-owned vehicles at check points, attempting to seize them as well. The government is also expected to halt the movement of government-owned vehicles drastically. Paralyzed by a crumbled economy, the government has not been able to supply distributors with the required gas for sometime now. 

The Eritrean government, due to serious shortage of hard currency it faced, has this week banned the sale of gas to the public, reliable sources in Asmara disclosed. The government has also taken measures to possess and own all NGO vehicles. The source indicated that security forces were randomly pulling over private-owned vehicles at check points, attempting to seize them as well. The government is also expected to halt the movement of government-owned vehicles drastically. Paralyzed by a crumbled economy, the government has not been able to supply distributors with the required gas for sometime now. 

President Issias Afwerqi has ordered his economy czar to pull all the money of Eritrean citizens and associations that is deposited under its account both in Europe and US and transfer it to Banka Nationale del Lavoro, an Italian bank, Eritrean nationals close to the regime disclosed. Sources in Asmara has also confirmed this indicating that the President has given this executive order in October last year but failed to implement it due to the resistance from his ambassadors. According to the same source, several ambassadors resisted the measure and advised the President to hold on the action for fear that it could raise a legal battle between their respective offices and Eritreans who would be losing their money under this scheme.

President Issias Afwerqi has ordered his economy czar to pull all the money of Eritrean citizens and associations that is deposited under its account both in Europe and US and transfer it to Banka Nationale del Lavoro, an Italian bank, Eritrean nationals close to the regime disclosed. Sources in Asmara has also confirmed this indicating that the President has given this executive order in October last year but failed to implement it due to the resistance from his ambassadors. According to the same source, several ambassadors resisted the measure and advised the President to hold on the action for fear that it could raise a legal battle between their respective offices and Eritreans who would be losing their money under this scheme.

HadasPresident Issias impliedly admitted that he could be target of the international tribunals hunt for war criminals and said he would stand by Sudan’s President Omar Al Bashir’s side. “Since this movement [warrant] of the International Criminal Court is not going to be limited to President Al-Bashir alone but is designed to target all nations of the region, we oppose to it by standing on the Sudanese side,” Haddas Eritrea, the government’s daily paper, quoted Issias.

HadasPresident Issias impliedly admitted that he could be target of the international tribunals hunt for war criminals and said he would stand by Sudan’s President Omar Al Bashir’s side. “Since this movement [warrant] of the International Criminal Court is not going to be limited to President Al-Bashir alone but is designed to target all nations of the region, we oppose to it by standing on the Sudanese side,” Haddas Eritrea, the government’s daily paper, quoted Issias.

edfMinistry of Defense, with a circular memo it issued, is currently warning members of the Eritrean Defense Forces (EDF) that anyone who is found possessing and using a cell phone would be charged with treason and threatens punishment to the fullest extent of the “law”, sources of demo.assenna.com disclosed.

edfMinistry of Defense, with a circular memo it issued, is currently warning members of the Eritrean Defense Forces (EDF) that anyone who is found possessing and using a cell phone would be charged with treason and threatens punishment to the fullest extent of the “law”, sources of demo.assenna.com disclosed.

euYes, the EU is financially capable of providing aid to a humanitarian disaster in Eritrea.  However, when mechanisms of accountability are misplaced or ignored, the consequence is perpetuation of misery and waste of more resources.  Transparency is non-existent in Eritrea and the EU might end up being held accountable for prolonging the suffering of the Eritrean people.  The 122 million Euros in the pipeline for aid to Eritrea will eventually serve as a life-saver for the Government of Eritrea.