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“Eritrea Has Lost 25-30 Soldiers” In Djibouti

News about the escalating tension between Eritrea and Djibouti has caught Eritreans, including strong supporters of the ruling regime, off-guard. Here’s what we know so far: On January 2008, on two occasions, President Isaias Afwerki paid a visit to the port city of Asab and had a meeting with Djibouti …

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Eritrean Security Head Survives Assassination Attempt

October 17, 2007 (ASMARA) — Eritrea’s security chief was shot four times on Friday evening by unknown gunmen. He is alive but in critical condition. Simon is the number two man in the Department of National Security, which is headed by Wedi Kassa. The gunmen fled immediately and Asmara is full …

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Italy-Bound, 15 Eritreans Die in the Mediterranean

Earlier last month, at least 15 Eritreans, heading from Libya to Italy, were killed when their boat encountered a storm in the Mediterranean Sea. Most died while attempting to transfer from their small boat to a Maltese ship that was dispatched to rescue them. The identity of those killed is not known, but most …

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Eritrea Arrests Two More American Embassy Employees

[Republished from the archives] The Eritrean government has arrested two more US Embassy employees last month. Mr Fitwi Gezae, who was the webmaster of the US embassy in Eritrea and Mr Biniam Girmay, who was its Facility Management Assistant, were detained by Eritrean security officials. Fitwi Gezae, who had served in the Eritrean Defense Forces …

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95% Of Eritrea’s 12th Graders are Male

The government of Eritrea’s decision to centralize the nation’s 12th grade level at Sawa, the military training camp, has resulted in a disproportionately large male population.  According to a source, the female student population at Sawa High School is “no more than 5 out of 100.” In the current academic year, an …

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Government Of Eritrea About To Expel Two Americans

[Republished from the archives] For weeks, there have been rumors circulating that the Government of Eritrea was about to expel two Americans, including an employee of USAid, for fraternizing with the Reformers and linking with the increasingly-independent private press. The decision to expel them was reversed under heavy pressure by …

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