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Asmara Bound Passengers Stranded in Cairo

EgyptAir flight MS833, bound for Asmara from Cairo, didn’t leave. The airline first announced the delay of the flight but, finally, it seems it was cancelled. The flight was scheduled to depart Cairo yesterday, April 29, 2014 at 11:39 pm.

Passengers who came for the connection flight from different parts of the world were made to disembark hours after they boarded the airplane hoping to get to Asmara airport in the early hours of April 30th.

Airline officials took the passengers to a hotel to spend the night.

Today’s EgyptAir flight is also cancelled.

The reason given yesterday to the passengers was that the Asmara airport runway was unable to receive the EgyptAir flight since a Yemenia Airlines aircraft was blocking the runway. They didn’t give an explanation as to why the aircraft was blocking the runway.

Searching Yemeni websites and newspapers for a clue to what might have happened to the alleged Yemeni aircraft didn’t yield any information.

Similarly, Eritrean government owned websites, television station and newspapers and affiliated websites remained silent on the news.

Attempts to get more information from the Asmara airport didn’t bear fruit. A person who replied the telephone refused to give information. Politely he said, “I am not authorized to say anything.”

Reached by Gedab News to explain the possible scenario, a person who worked in airports for many years said, “if the Yemenia airplane has a mechanical failure, they could simply tow it away from the runway, and if it crashed, it would have been on the news.”


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  • haileTG

    Selamat Awatista

    The reason Eritrean airlines is banned from flying into EU airspace is well covered in this link. Why does PFDJ hide the serious safety concerns and is attempting to fly EAL again without addressing the issues? Do we have to stop the supporters from endangering their lives by boarding this rickety flight 🙂


    • haileTG

      Here is how hgdef creates subterfuge in Tigrigna to confuse the real reasons which is that Eritrean airlines is unsafe and the Eritrean aviation authorities are incapable of maintaing it safe and sound even to the minimum levels required.

  • saay7

    Selam Biniam:

    Really? Ok, let’s put it to the test. News is about who, what, when, where, why and how. All are answered in the Gedab News. Maybe not to the degree you want but it is not the “nothing” you claim: a lot more than what Eri-TV and its subservient websites told you.

    You want more, like a pic of the plane stuck at the Asmara Airport? Here: courtesy of Haile the Gr8. Just kidding: it is courtesy of, which says that the Sana’a-Asmara Yemen Airways was on a test flight. You are welcome!

    • saay7

      Here’s the photo:

      • haile

        hi saay, haha…and what is with crane?? There is no way you can lift that thing up and balance the weight!! They needed a towing vehicle with latches that are screwed into the wheels to guide the direction of forward movement. Anyway, what is the score with Eritrean Airlines this time around? Would you board a flight that has been banned from entering EU continental air spaces for safety reasons?


        • saay7

          Hi Haile the gr8:
          { Isaiasawi on}

          We Eritreans do not have tow tug for aircraft because, thanks to ተጻባእቲ like Haile, we are under sanctions and we cannot import equipment that has dual purpose (civilian/military) and everything, according to our enemies, is dual purpose. If you were a real nationalist, you would be more angry at tselaetna for putting us in this position.

          We did not announce the news that the Asmara International Airport was incapacitated because this would have telegraphed to our enemies that we are defenseless. By breaking the news, and posting pictures, our enemies were telegraphing our enemies that this is an opportune time to attack Eritrea but we have mounted a resolute rebuff against this. ሕጂውእን ዓወት ንሓፋሽ!

          {Isaiasawi off}


    • wed adag

      Saay7, no words to explain your confidence and logical reasoning. Well done!

  • A system built to serve secret, to cover with darkness, even the daylight events has become hard to prevail in this 21st century where the IT age turned the world into a village. Poor Erirea is not yet part of this world luxury, even a plane stranded at the airport kept in secret from informations regarding why, how motives.
    Since speculations are the only way we have: the bankruptcy has reached its climax. May be the state is on its final decay stranded itself to block fleeing ministers, generals and what have you. Border is free for roaming freedom fighters, youth are free to roam across the borders east and west. Europe is open for walk the whole way through. Diaspora has boycoted its vacational pilgrmage to Eritrea due to lack of water, food, security or in short basic needs of human being.
    Mai month, cause fear to the paranoid leader who trades on martys promise and pours crocodile tears to appease the naive zombies.
    Politics is not what you say rather what YOU DO. We failed to say loud and clear in action “Enough is enough”. Is 24 Mai will give the answere to this over due question or yet to end ourselve by ourselves!!!

  • haile

    hey Saay

    Before you say “ኣንታ ሃይለ ዘይትገድፈና’ኻ፡ ወይ ባዕልኻ ስርሓዮ…ወይለይ” I am only adding this news item for the benefit of curious awatistas until I officially start my Awate iReporter duty on Monday after the weekend 🙂

    According to witness accounts:

    “Airport was closed due to lack of ground equipment to remove the plane and tow it to the terminal.
    After landing crew made back track 360 end of the RW and The aircraft veered off and end up with main landing gear in the grass”

    Here is a close up taken right after the incident:

    Source: withheld 🙂

    • Haha, good start Hailat.
      I have a suggestion. Since AT treats Gedab News’ reputation the same way kids treat their candies*, how about we open a “Hailat Files” feature where you will freely fill us in. That way, we get a constant information, and AT doesn’t have to worry about the reputation of its news. A win win solution.

      * Candies are such rare treats for kids in the country sides of Eritrea. Once the kids get hold of the candies, they get so excited and just hold them all day with occasional licks.

    • saay7

      merHaba Haile the gr8:

      This is the second photo you are sending us from the airport tarmac. ሓለንጊ ህግደፍ ደኺማ: no spare parts to rebuild it. Eri-TV wanted to say that the Asmara Aiport is fully operational (that is: our single runway is working) but it wanted to do without seeming to rebut Gedab News. So, it showed some low-level Sudanese health minister being greeted by Eritrea’s health minister Amna Nurhussein on Friday. This way, the low-information PFDJ supporter (but I repeat myself) can say: ሓሶት ኢዩ በጃኻ፥ I saw it myself! Because Friday = Tuesday and Wednesday. What is a couple of days among friends.


      • haile

        Selam Saay,

        ሃሃሃ..ህግደፍ እኮ ሓለንጊ የብላን፡ መልሓስ ጥራይ’ያ 🙂 Anyway, no doubt that Shabait’s tight ክትትል of what appears in Awate be as it may (as you alluded to), there also seems to be an additional angle to this whole affair.

        The passenger airctaft skidded into the grass (only just), now you would expect that the tool box of an international airport includes those small and sturdy towing vehicles that are used in such instances. Many airports have hundreds, and Asmara has none. Considering the single landing and taxing tarmacs, and the likelihood that under national emergency situations, large passenger aircraft may need to land (as what happened in 1998 evacuations), you would expect the airport would own one. It is indeed an embarrassment to hgdef’s 23 years nation building mother of all jokes. The inl. airport had to close for three days until such equipment is dispatched. How can PFDJ (that brags about መንግስቲ ሜሽነሪ ቀሪቡ) can report that it can’t pull a medium passenger jet that slightly skidded into the grass from part of its landing gear? The whole nation had to be blocked off as a result! God forbid something happens in Eritrea ህግደፍ በትሩ ሰንድዩ ክሃድም እዩ። And this may partly explain the news blackout. As to fooling its supporters, well ግደፎም ከምዛ ቆልዓ’ዩ ዝጻወተሎም፡ ኣባና በጺሖም’ዮም ልቢ ዘጥርዩ 🙂

      • Biniam

        Awate reported with no facts, details, nothing. Sometimes it’s not best to be the first to report it when all the information is not there. It does the audience a disservice.

  • haile

    In the end “agapi” was right. The ASM closure was to do with a Yemenia A332 as logged here:

    case closed

    • saay7

      Haile the gr8:

      Impressed. Your ፍሒራ skills (Polish website!) is appreciated. Gedab News would like to hire you without further interview. If you accept, we will send you our New Hire package. The compensation is all-you-can-eat ቆሎ ዓተር straight from ትግራይ (of course.)


      • Eyob Medhane


        Have you read my note on the new YG article? Now, that is the real me… 🙂

        • Amanuel Hidrat

          Selam Eyob Medhane,

          Nothing new from what he had said before. It is all trash like GIGO. He hasn’t any respect to the struggle of the Eritrean people, at least to their sacrifice and heroism. All his argument is on perceptions and rumors. Nothing of his retorts are based on factual record or based on first hand info from the history makers. If any one ask him his resources to validate his argument, he will not avail with answers. So Eyobay, you might love him, but your love will be without substances. You love him only his argument coincided with your perceptions. And you know perceptions are not facts.

          • Fanti Ghana

            I was just about to hold SAAY responsible for what I thought was “scaring you off this site” by coining “Emma Organization” the other day. I am glad all is well, you are back, and I don’t have to draw first blood with
            SAAY. Whew!

      • haile

        Hello Saay

        Thanks. Exotic ቆሎ-ዓተር is cool, hope you don’t change mind though. On the offer side, I can report but not sure if I can commit to write up the actual news articles here at AT (I hope you have that permanently assigned, if you must delegate it I am sure there is Rodab too:-). Again, I don’t see the down side of recruiting as many field reporters (ayni-a’rat) as possible (so long as the filtering works well?). Cheers

        • saay7


          Well, of course not: we are not going to have your write Gedab News. xeweta meAs koynu: you write a draft and it goes through the verification process (second-sourced), then it either gets published or (in most cases) it doesn’t.

          On stringers…yeah, we have ውፉያት ሃደንቲ but we suck at fund-raising and we spent most of our time antagonizing NGOs so $ aint coming any time soon.


          • haile

            OK SAAY, you’ve a deal (Rodab keyebaEsena kelo:), ርኢኻ’ዶ? ኣነ ስራሕ ከእትዎ ‘ሓተሉ፡ ንሱ ድማ ነዛ ስራሕ ሸናኺሩ ከምዘየላ ክገብራ ኩልል ይውዕላ!…በል ተታሒዝካ ሮዳብ ዓርከይ! haha seriously though rodab, you should consider this role too, as you seem to have the credo for balance 🙂

    • hope

      Thanks Hailat.I am kind of liking you more now—mesmerized too.
      Just stay away form the “dependent Opposition” and add a little spice at times to your “accusations” by trying to use more Eritrea(the Nation)- oriented approach rather than just “the PFDJ obssession approach”.
      Meaning,give a little credit at times to Eritrea as a Nation,when you see some “achievement”.In my opinion,your PFDJ obssessed approach seems to me,a bit extremist approach.When you chase and accuse the PFDJ,some of us misunderstand you as if your are cursing and belittling Eritrea.

    • McHaile: the closure of the airport was due to a Yemeni plane. See link below.
      McSal: impressive!!! Epic!!! Gedab News likes to hire you on the spot. No salary of course.
      McHaile: working with no salary sounds exotic. I can contribute but can’t commit to writing them. You should consider others including iReporters.
      McSal: of course we can’t allow you to write news. Gedab News ain’t a joke, buddy. Just send us all the goodie news which we will discard most of them.
      McHaile: oh how tempting!
      McSal: We can’t afford iReporters. We’re not good at fund-raising and we burned all bridges to the NGOs. You thought the PFDJ sucked at this.
      McHaile: hmmm…You may have discarded most of their applications.
      To be continued….

      • saay7


        Excellent! Really funny and accurate too.

        (1) NGOs: The ደረቅ ህልኸኛ trait is not a uniquely Isaiasawi: once, in an application for funding from an NGO, in the part that asks what we need the money for, we wrote that it is partly to expose the international NGO racket. (SGJ’s book, Miriam Was Here, won’t help: it is full of digs at them.)

        (2) Discarding Most “News”: A couple of months ago, I teased awatistas regarding an upcoming news about some huge seber zena. We didn’t publish it, and we are glad we didn’t. It was about a famous Eritrean pilot who had escaped from prison and the enda Isaias were doing house-to-house searches, road blocks, but that man had vanished. At the time, we were told that it was Captain Habtezion Hadgu, which would pose a huge problem for him because he can’t go to Ethiopia (for intemperate things he said after the bombing of Ayder School in Mekele during the war); he can’t go to Sudan, because of the free-reign Isaias security officers have there…

        It turns out it wasn’t Captain Habtezion Hadgu. It is, according to Assena which broke the news, Captain Dejen Andehishel, and he is still at large…

        So, Rodab and Haile the gr8, tseHafu but if it is not published aytkhoryu. Of course, dimtsi Hafash solved this problem during ghedli: it had a “entay yibehal alo” feature for all unconfirmed news. We have been asked to have that since 2001 and we have said hell-to-the-no since 2001:)


  • Thunder

    Asmara air port is blackout, no more news

  • Rahel Walker

    Did you think PFDJ was building Masswa Airport for civilian purposes.. hmm

  • Hope

    Ethiopian Security Forces opened fired and killed 30 people. CNN iReport & VOA
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    Ethiopian Security Forces opened fired and killed 30 people. CNN iReport

    Ethiopian Security Forces opened fired and killed 30 people.
    Ethiopian security Forces opened fire during the oromo students nonviolent protest rally at western oromia Ambo town.
    Eye witnesses said more than 30 people including 8 students killed and several wounded by security forces. the peaceful protestors opposing the alleged “integrated Master Plan of Addis Ababa”. The peaceful protest continued in different oromia region.
    CNN PRODUCER NOTE This iReport has not been verified by CNN, but we’re looking into it. If you have additional info, share it in the comments below or upload your story. Stay tuned for updates.
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    • Amanuel

      This news has nothing to do with Eritrea and no one is interested.

  • Tesfu

    Now we exactly know what happen in Asmara AirPort. A Yemani Airliner got broke after it landed and the Eritrean Civil Avation crew is trying to tow it away from the runway. Kifle Serawit 381, is in its way to pull off the plane. I am just kidding.The sad part is in 23 years the mafia PFDJ group is unable to add one more extra runway!!! I forgot, what has happned to Massawa Air Port? Simply, it is useless.

  • Getting dumb and dumber

    So if it ran off the runway, then it is no longer on the runway. Therefore, it wouldn’t be blocking anything!
    How dumb is this piece of fiction?

  • Mahmud Saleh

    Today, there is a commercial on ERI-TV of an airline, so why has Asmara Airport not commented on the reportedly stranded flight? I believe this is another example of the prevailing culture of “zmlketo aqalbo ygberelu” culture. Dear Asmara Airport, I want you to be competitive; so informing the immediately affected and future potential customers about the situation actually shows your strength, not your weakness. So, hello, Asmara!! Apparently no answer. I have for sometime been wondering as to what happened to the great EPLF culture of relatively fast and effective communications , both internal and external? should not I expect it to at least maintain areas it had excelled on before transforming itself in to government? Of course, without mentioning the fact that assuming government carries weightier responsibilities in showing more excellence. For the forum participants, I would handle this as a failure of understanding how PR is important to stay relevant and competitive in today’s market; or as another sign of how badly we are screwed out there, not as another conspiracy theory. I think Awate’s presentation is well balanced and standard.

  • Hope

    Your damn statistics is skewed-,non-sensical at all.
    Sarcasm and names have nothing to do here.The flight was cancelled for sure for a reason.If you ask me why?Good luck with your Investigsative Journalism..
    As usual,it is just a cheap propaganda thinking that the GoE was involved one way or another….
    Good luck with that.

  • silent

    ኸኣ ፖሊስና ከነዓሪ ኣሎና። ንሕዝብና ረብሓ ዝህብ ፖሊሲ ክኸውን ኣለዎ ንሉዕላውነትና ዘይትንክፍ ፖሊሲ ናይ ዶብና ውሕስነትን ሀገራዊ
    ድሕነትን ዝሕልው ክኸዉን ኣለዎ። ስለዚ ምስ ኢትዮጵያ ክንዘራርብ እንትኾይና ከም ንእሽተይ ሀገር (ምስ ዕብየት ኢትዮጵያ ኣዛሚድካ)
    ከም ሀገር ከም ህዝቢ አንተኺኢልና ነዘን 3 ነጥብታት ዘለዋ ኣብ
    ታሕቲ አንተ ወሓደ ወሓደ ከነማልእ ኣሎና

    ንኹሉ ኤርትራዊ ብዝበለጸ ዘኽስብ እዩ መንግስትና ናይ ሰላም ዝርርብ ምስ ኢትዮጵያ ክገብር ከሎ ድልዱል ሓድነት ህዝቢ፡ርግእቲ ሀገር
    ምዕቡል ኢኮኖሚ ሓያል ናይ ምክልኻል ሓይሊ ክህልወና ኣለዎ

    ምስ ኢትዮጵያ ዝግበር ዝርርብ ምስዝስነድን ግሉጽነት ምስዝህልዎ ንኹሉ ኤርትራዊ ዝጠቅም እዩ። ከም ኡዉን ዝበዝሑ ኤርትራዉያን ኣስላም
    እንተ ተቐቢሎሞ ኣብ ቅድሚ ዋሕሳትን መሰኻክርን ክፍረም ኣለዎ።

    ኹሉ ስምምዕ ምስ ኢትዮጵያ ዝግበር ንኹሉ ኤርትራዊ ዝጠቅም እዩ እቲ ስምምዕ እንድሕር: ዘየፍቅድ ኮይኑ ናይ ኢትዮጵያ ወተሃደራት
    ኣብ መሬት ኤርትራ ኽኣትዉ: ናይ ግዜ ገደብ ዘለዎ ኮይኑ ማለት (መጀመርን መወዳእታን (መሓደሽን) ዕለት ዘለዎ) ክቕየር ዝኽእልን
    መፈጸምታ ዘልዎ እንተ ኮይኑ።

    እዩ ኸኣ እቲ ዘደናግር ነገር፡ ንረስዓዮ እሞ ተፈላሊናን ደኺምናን ከሎና ንገብሮ: ስምምዕ ምስ ኢትዮጵያ ደልዲልናን ሓቢርናን ከሎና
    ንሰማምዖ ከማን ብጣዕሚ ሓደገኛ እዩ ምኽንያቱ ንኣሽቱ ሀገራት ትርጉም ዘለዎ ዝርርብ ምስ ዝገብራ ምስ ዓበይቲ ሀገራት ኩሉጊዜ ነገራት
    ኣንጻር ንኣሽቱ ሀገራት እዮም ዝኸዱ። ንኣሽቱ ሀገራት ዋላ እኳ በቲ ጽሑፍ ብሕጊ እንተኸዳ ገና እዉን ሓድሽ ስምምዕ እንተፈረማ
    ዝበለጸ ንህዝበን ዝጠቅም ወይ ድማ እንትቀየራ ንዝጸንሔ ስምምዕ ናይ ህዝበን ጠቅሚ ዘይሕልው ኩል ግዜ ዉግእ ዓቀብ እዩ። ካልእ
    እዉን ዘየናሕሲ ሓቂ ዝኾነ ነገር ኣሎ። ንኣሽቱ ሀገራት ኣብ ዋዕላ ወይ ድማ ዘት ዉጉዝ ዝኾነ ሕድገት ክገብራ ጸቅጢ ይግበረለን
    ጥራሕ ዘይኮናስ ዋላ እዉን ኣብ ግብሪ ከዉዕላ አንተደለያ ነቲ ዝተበጽሔ ስምምዕ(ዝተጠልበ ግዴታ) ዝተፈረመ ስምምዕ፡ ኩልግዜ ይርስዓ
    ሓውሲ ይጥለማ በተን መሰካክር ከም ኡዉን ዋሕስ ዝኮና ሀገራት። ንኣብነት ሓደ ነጥቢ መርትዖ ናይ ኢትዮጵያን ኤርትራን ፈደረሽን
    ከም ኡዉን ናይ ኢትዮጵያን ኤርትራን ናይ ዶብ ስምምዕ። ስለዚ ኣብዚ እዋን እዚ ዘተ ምስ ንገብር ምስ ኢትዮጵያ ሓንሳብ ክንገብሮ
    ኣሎና ብትክክል ክንገብሮ ኣሎና ንመጀመርያ ግዜ፡ ምኽንያቱ ዝሓልፈ ዝገበርናዮ ጌጋታት ክንደግም ኣይዋጻጻኣናን እዩ ዓቅሚ እዉን
    የብልናን። ኣብ ብታሪኽ ክንምራሕ እንተ ኾይንና ስምምዕ ምኽባር ኣይመባልዕቶምን እያ ንኣኽረርቲ ተጋሩን/ኣምሓሩን ብሓጺሩ ጠላማት

    ምኽንያት እዚ ኸኣ እዩ ኤርትራ ሓያል ምክልኻል ዓቕሚ ክህልዋ ዘለዎ
    ስለዚ እዩ ኸኣ ዶብና ክሕንጸጽን ክፍለጥን ኣሎዎ ምስ ጎረባብትና ንብል። ኸምኡ ኸኣ ኣብ መሬት ኤርትራ ዋላሓደ ናይ ወጻኢ ሰራዊት
    ክህልዉ የብሉን። ንኣብነት ብልሽው ዝኾነ ናይ ኤርትራ መንግስቲ እንድሕር ንወተሃደራት ኢትዮጵያ ን10 ዓመታት ክገብሩ እንተተፈራሪሙ
    ኤርትራ ካብ ዓዘቕቲ ሽግር ክትወጽእ ኣይትኽእልን እያ ጥራሕ ዘይኮነስ ኤርትራ ናይ ፖለቲካ ናጽነታ ክትስእን እያ። ምንም እኳ ሓያላት
    ሀገራት ንኢትዮጵያ ከውጽእዋ ይኽእሉ እኳ እንተኾኑ ዘይሕሰብ እዩ። ንኣብነት ናይ ሶርያ ወትሀደራት ኣብ ሊባኖን። ሕጂ መራሕቲ ተቋወምቲ
    ናይ ኤርትራን ካድረታቶምን ከመይ የካይዱ ከምዘለዉ ናይ ፖለቲካ መደቦም ንርኤ።

    ኣብ ክንዲ ንምሕያል ኤኮኖሚ ኤርታራ ምስራሕ ተቋወምቲ ንኤኮኖሚ ኤርትራ
    ንምዕናው ይጽዕሩ ኣለው። ኣብ ክንዲ ንሓድነት ሕዝቢ መንድቕ ክተኽሉ ይደልዩ ኣብ መንጎ እምነታትን ስነ ሞራል መራሕትን ሰዓብትን፡
    ኣብ ክንዲ ምእኹል ዝኾነ ፖለቲካ ናይ ዓሌት ፖለትካ ከም ኡውን ናይ እስላም ፖለቲካ የስፋሕፍሑ። ኣብ ክንዲ ንምክልኻል ሓይልና
    ዘደልድሉ ንዓቅሚ ምክልኻል ሓይሊብውግእ ሕድሕድ ከዕንዉ ይደልዩ። ምስ ኢትዮጵያ ምስ ሓየልናን ሓበርናን ኣብ ክንዲ ዝዛረቡ ተጎዛዚናና
    ንሽግር ተቓሊዕና ከሎና ይዛረቡ ኣለዉ። ኣብ ክንዲ ናይ ስራሕ ልምዲ ነብስኻ ምኽኣልን ባርነት ኢሎም ይጽዉዕዎ ንናይ ድሕነት ሀገርን
    ልኡላዊነትን ዝስራሕ ስራሕ። ን ኢትዮጵያ ምሕረት ጌሮምላ ኣብ መሬት ኤርትራ ኮፍ ክትብል፡ ኣብ ክንዲ ነቲ መሰል፡ ግቡእ ናይ ኩሎም
    ኤርትራዉያን ንሀገሮም ዘገልግሉ ዘበርክቱ እጃሞም ዘይሕጋዊ ባርነት ኢሰብኣዊ ገበን ይሰምይዎ ከካፍኡ።

    ሕጂ እስክ ናይ ህግደፍ መራሕትን ካድረታትን ነወዳድር ምስ መራሕቲ ተቋወምትን
    ምስኩሉ ሕጽረታቶም ሓደ ነገር ኣሎ ምስግዜ
    ዝተፈተነ፡ ዝበለጸ ብልጫ ናይ ህግደፍ መራሕትን ካድረታትን ዝኾነ፡ ክከሓድ ዘይኽእል ብዘይምቁራጽ ንልዕላዉነት ኤርትራ ተኸላኺሎም እዮም። ብዘይዕረፍቲ ንምዕቃብ ዶብ ኤርትራ ተኽላኺሎም፡ ንዝበለጸ ጥቅሚ
    ናይ ኤርትራ ብምሉእ ሓይሎምን ፍልጠቶምን ተቃሊሶም ምስክሮም እቲ ዝደመየ ኣፍንጭኦምን ዝነቆራ የዒንቶምን እየን። ሕጂ እስከ
    ንገሩኒ ኣብ ዝሓለፈ 35 ዓመታት መራሕቲ ናይ ኤርትራ ተቋወምቲን
    ካድረታቶምን እንታይ ጌሮም ወይ ኣበርኪቶም ንኤርትራ ክከላኸሉ? ኣብ ዝሓለፈ 3 ዘመንን ፈረቓን መመላእታ ጉዕዞኦም ወይ መገሽኦም
    መዓስ እዩ እቲ ዝኾርዕሉ እዋን? ሕጂ ክትርድኦ/እዮ ዶ? ኽኢልካ/ኪ እዞም ናይ ገድሊ ትውልዲ ተቛወምቲ ናይ ኤርትራ ኣብ
    ዘይሓውይሉ ኮማ ኣትዮም ከም ዘለዉ ሎሚ? ኣነ ርእየዮም!

  • Dawit



      Republic of Sudan’s Federal Minister of Health arrives in Asmara for working visit Friday, 02 May 2014 12:04

    • Amanuel Hidrat


      If you want to see these dots from a political-history prospect, the risk of connecting the wrong dots, will logically imply the crack in the foundation, a sign of shift to a new paradigm……. Did I become like proverbial brevity “neday nay libu Yehalem”

      • Dawit


        I have read YG, GY, and esteemed Awate writers regarding historical background of today’s PFDJ and wonder if they are connecting the wrong dots along the way.

  • agapi

    The fact is that a Yemenya flight went off the runway while landing at Asmara airport on the night between the 29th and 30th of April. No one was injured. I guess that was the reason why other flights were cancelled

    • haile


      who is telling the truth, you or Tesfu. According to Tesfu this was a planned cancellation from two weeks ago, according to the situation at Cairo airport yesterday the flight was scheduled, then departure terminal changed and finally cancelled altogether till the next scheduled flight. According to you, what happened was unexpected but there was almost 24hr time gap from 29th-30th to reschedule earlier (because Egypt air is a partner with other airliners on this short leg) because it would cause a lot of frustrations. So, is Tesfu not telling the truth, or you, or AT, or Cairo airport?

    • Bob

      If the flight went off the runway then it would be reported. We would have heard about it. Why haven’t we? As haile has alluded, this doesn’t pass the sniff test.

    • Suzie

      Why would flights be cancelled if they went off the runaway? If they weren’t blocking the runaway based on what you’ve told us then there would be no need for cancellation.

  • ahmed omer

    coming days you guys you are going to hear about a lot of events going to happen in Eritrea .
    And what is has not cancelled everything has connection with Eritrea .
    In Eritrea a rare and funny regime you can expect unbelievable there

    • Eyob

      Why don’t you tell us or are you talking out of your xxxxx?

  • Yohannes

    Tesfu… of course it has to do with the situation in Eritrea. Everything in Eritrea has to do with the situation in Eritrea. There are only two international airlines flying to Eritrea. One is Egypt air, and the second is Yemenia. If the situation was different, don’t you think we would at least have more airlines operating flights to/from Asmara? Regardless of what you will write in response, if you cared enough to respond, you know the answer deep down in your heart, so I’ll leave that to you.

    Now about the flight cancellation, flights from Khartoum were also cancelled yesterday, and the reason they were given was Asmara airport was closed. They were told a Yemenia aircraft had overran the runway in Asmara airport. That was before Awate reported it. Oh, and yes, Nova air also has flights to Eritrea. And so does Sudan airways. We are not going to call them international airlines though, right?

    Anyway, one for the road, …. if the cancellation of the flights from Cairo and Khartoum was not related to the Yemenia aircraft problem mentioned above , then why was the airport closed? May be some mystical aircraft was off-loading something mysterious at the airport and the government did not want any commercial flights to see that?

    Speculation is born when the providers of information severely restrict access to information.

    • hope

      And if your believe that this has to do with National Security issues,why would you be surprised or even make a fuss out of this?
      Information??You already have enough info,Dude!
      Unless you want the GoE to tell you that the reason for the closure of the Airport is that it will be loading off some air-to-surface missiles and related ammunitions.
      Plus,you already have a possible explanation that the run way was closed due to some technical issues by Yemenia.
      My point:One way or another,there should be a serious reason and it could be any thing that could happen anywhere–including in Frankfurt,Heathrow,etc–as Haile the G said it.
      You also admitted that other flight by the Sudar Air ways/Nova–etc–were cancelled–presumbaly for the same reason–the Yemenia issue.and or,for security reasons.
      So,what is all this FUSS about?It becomes a Breaking News since it happened in eritrea–“great” but very Cheap propaganda.

      • Yohannes

        hope… your sarcasm switch is obviously on the off position, isn’t it? Sarcastic is, though, you chose the name “hope”.
        The point is: Cancellations are not a big deal when you have two thousand flights a day, and two or three of them or may be even 20 out of those are cancelled or delayed. Cancellations are a big deal when you have only two flights and one of them is cancelled. Statistically, that will be 50% of all the flights. Statistically again, it is 100% of the flights when you have one aircraft technical and another cancellation.
        Stop making this ridiculous comparison of Heathrow/Frankfurt to Asmara Airport. Not the same! It would be major news report if 50% of the flights to Frankfurt airport were to be cancelled. It is for a reason they say “compare apples with apples”.

        • Suzie

          It’s actually not a big deal. It would only be a big deal to those directly impacted. To the rest of us spectators, not so much.

    • saay7

      Selamat Yohoannes:

      Your “Speculation is born when the providers of information severely restrict access to information” is on mark. We are talking about a country where ministers learn that there is a new minister when they show up for Cabinet of Ministers meeting.

      Speaking of which:

      Haile the Gr8:

      Yesterday, wait, let me switch to Tigrinya so the conspiring foreigners (CIA specially) don’t hear us:

      ኣብ ናይ ትማሊ ኣኼባ ኻቢነ ምኒስተራት: ሓደ ኣመሓደሪ ዞበ ደቡብ ነበር ከም ብጾቱ ፈዘዝዘዝ: ቆላሕላሕ ኽብል ተራኢዩ because the official language of the cabinet is: ዓባስ ልሳን:: It was one of those “which one of these doesn’t belong here” puzzles. Was he just in the neighborhood and showed up (ረጊጸኩም ክሓልፍ? ነውሪ!) Is he ወኪል ሳልሳይ ቀጥዒ (Third Way Delegate)? Is he a new minister? እነድዒ!!! Gedab News was going to investigate this and half-way through we said, “how does affect the life of average Eritrean?” We answered “not in a single way” and have now said, ተድልዮም ባዕሎም ይኣውጅዎ:: Definitely not front page news. Of course, if Haile the gr8 has ሰበር ዜና that he can use as a “teaching moment” for our slow learners, this is the right forum.


      • haile

        መርሓባ ወዲ ዓበይቲ ፡-) saay

        You see, I noted that too, just like the ex amhadari zoba debub. Then I checked if twitter was down (have you ever utilized that thing “is it down”, I do it to too when you guys lock me out – usually says awate is down only for you – xela’eu ywdeq:), well twitter was rolling fine, so were his eyes ummm 🙂 But as you said what does it really matter? After all this and your unabating prayer every Tuesday, can you see his supporters ever having the aha! moment? Once he is toppled, you’ll see how clever they’re, zey kem’eu ena nhna zbelna’si b’qedemu kbluka eyom. Take it easy wedi abahagoy, their teaching moment only comes when they hear…ahm ane bza’eba ezi kzareb aydeln eye 🙂


        • saay7

          Haile the Gr8:

          Ha! I have been meaning to post my “ane bza’eba ezi kzareb aydeln iye” audio spoof of kbur president hagere ertra but ግዜ ኣምሊጡኒ:: (Sem please note that ቀናኣት ጸዓዱ stole this phrase from us and translated it to “ran of out time.”)

          Ok, Hailat, here’s another Q. Again, Eri-TV was showing a week-long news of Fozia Hashem, our Justice Minister (whose best friend is the Minister of Water in the sister city of Volcania) has been touring the country giving “seminars” about the justice system in Eritrea. Now, whenever the Isaias regime has some hyperactivity in some long-neglected issue for just one week and then promptly goes back into its state of hibernation, I always look for news about some funding it received from some funding source which requires it to spend $ on “training and education.” Any insights?


        • Saleh Johar

          Haile, I laughed at your comment, “zey kem’eu ena nhna zbelnassi….”

          In 1991, I was a on car with a group of people, one of them was a Derg operative. I asked the people, is he not afraid going to Eritrea? Then in Asmara I found people pointing fingers to people and telling me how they wera resting and abusing the people. What are they doing now, they work for the PFDJ. Why? They were wshTawi s’rEeet. One night I had it. In a hotel lobby with some senior official, and a few others, I asked an innocent question: with all those people operating from inside the enemy’s belly, why did it take us this long to liberate Eritrea? They didn’t like my comment. A friend who was sitting on the side gave me dirty looks and warned me to stop. I did.

          Remember, all those bad mouthing everyone wholesale and enabling Isaias and his clique will receive you at the airport and probably stamp your passport after the nightmare is over and Isaias becomes history. They will give you dirty looks and tell you they toppled Isaias while you were sleeping. Just like some Derg era riffraff and political lepers became masters in Haddas Eritrea. Just do the right thing my friend.

          • Hope

            Well,let it be,one way or another,as long as we are going to be free and visit Addi,who cares about the past and its Artists.
            But remember,”Id tsenahit shenahit”.Amlak natu menghedi alewo and let Him judge them.
            “Kulom hati’om eyom”.Kidus Dawit ewin keiterefe ab Me’alti 7 ghizie yewedik nebere”.
            The BEST solution is: “Let’s FORGET and FORGIVE”.Do NOT look backward but forward.
            As to the ” double agents”,I thought you know better than us.Your analogy and generalization is unfair and even inappropriate/irrelevant,at least in my opinion.
            Since some of us might have worked with some of them(the double agents that you are talking and belittling about),who lost their lives,it is advisable to be cautious.

  • Tesfu

    The cancellation has nothing to do with the situation in Eritrea, The MS 833 flight bound to Asmara was cancelled on April 16 and I got the notification stating the departure date would be on 05/02/14. Let’s not confuse our people who are already confused by the PFDJ gangs.

  • dawit

    Does this false news or lie has anything to do with good news coming these days about Eritrea? Have you tried Egypt Air officials if it is true and why they cancelled the flight? Who are the people you quoted to support your lies ‘were told Asmara Airport is closed because of Yemen Airline blocked the runway’ WAW! Awate News has to counterbalance good news with their fictional bad news. It is the season, Eritreans are ready to celebrate their independence day on May 24 which gives heartburn to all Anti Eritrean forces.

    • haile

      hey dawit,

      The cancellation is true, the rest, well your statements are’t proven either. Egypt Air is a major connection route for Eritrea at this time and its cancellation is indeed news. Like the news of Heathrow airport in UK closing down. Don’t you think?

      • dawit

        Hi haile,
        Flights are cancelled everywhere and all the time throughout the world. But if a flight is canceled in Heathrow you don’t call New Delhi to find out why it was cancelled? it is the extra spice of the news that make me angry. ” called , Asmara and Sanaa to find the reason and fabricate a lie of the closing of Asmara Airport? ‘The Web site, not working, the person is not authorize to answer….. That is why I say it is a lie, if it was true they should have contacted Egypt Air, unless the Web site in Cairo is also down.
        What reason can you give for such stupidity?

        • Yohannes

          Dawit…. take it easy. dem bezHi keytigebir… Stay calm and try not to make comparisons that don’t make sense. Stay calm and pose the last question you asked to your good self. “What reason can you give for such stupidity?”

        • Hope

          Now that the TRUTH came out,you caught me with my pants down…

      • Hope

        But do you believe that Egypt Air has been pain in the neck to Eritrean passengers as well–for lots of reasons,i.e.,this is not the first time for the Egypt Air to mess up Eritrean Passengers’ Travel Plans,FYI.
        Unless you are just trying to use it as a cheap propaganda piece,this is NOT out of the ordinary–as you admitted with your Heathhrow Airport analogy,when it comes to the Asmara Airport.
        I just belatedly understood that the debate here is just for the sake of Opposing PFDJ,not for real change.What a pity and shame.

  • Eyobd

    No confirmation, verification, facts, nothing. Why even report this if you don’t have all the pertinent details? This is shoddy journalism and akin to the likes of Assenna. Please do better.