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Gunmen Beat Up Eritrean Ambassador In Libya

Reports indicated that last Friday unknown gunmen barged into the Eritrean embassy in Tripoli, Libya and attacked Ambassador Abdellah Musa and his staff, they left them bleeding. The gunmen also took documents and different items, including the ambassadors’ personal effects, from the embassy premises.

The news was reported by aljabha.net and adoulis.net and other sources.

Gedab news contacted the Eritrean Embassy for further details, but the calls were not answered.

Daniel, an Eritrean refugee who has been stranded in Libya since 2010 told Gedab News that, “the smugglers are fighting over money collected by refugees who were smuggled to Italy.” He said some officers affiliated with the embassy run a network of individuals who manage the smuggling business.”

On 2010, Daniel was rescued only hours after the boat he was on capsized a few miles off the Libyan shores. He was returned to Libya, where he was jailed for a year and released after his relatives bribed some officers to secure his freedom.

After Egypt and Israel effectively curbed the smuggling route through the Sinai Peninsula, smugglers launched the Libyan route that smuggled mainly Eritrean refugees to Europe through the Mediterranean Sea. Hundreds have perished at sea between Libya and Italy.

Isaias Afwerki and the late Muamar Ghaddafi had special relations. Before the fall of Gaddafi’s regime in October 2011, the Eritrean embassy influenced the extradition of refugees to Eritrea where they were sent to imprisonment.

In April 2015, the Libyan franchise of ISIS slaughtered 28 people believed to be Eritreans and Ethiopian, publicly and released the gory event on youtube and other social media outlets.

In the beginning of July, reports indicated that the Libyan, “Fight Against Illegal Immigration Bureau” arrested dozens of Eritreans in Msirata, Libya, which is a self-administered city that refused to join any of the warring Libyan factions and is too powerful to be subdued them.

The multi-million-dollar smuggling business is controlled by government officials from the Sudan and Eritrea in collaboration with Bedouin tribesmen in the region. Several Eritreans run the operations from many countries, including the Middle East, Europe and the North America.

An observer said, “Smuggling is a very lucrative business and the embassy has a considerable share in it.” The attack on the Eritrean ambassador and his staff is suspected to be a warning or a revenge related to matters of human smuggling, revenue, or market share.

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  • Desalegn Berhe


    ኤርትራዊያን ኣብ ሓደ መዓዲ ንቀረብ!

    ከም ደቂ ሃገር መጠን ንሓበራዊ ረብሓ ንስራሕ

    ኤርትራዊያን ብኣፍና ነንሕድሕድና የሕዋት ኢና ትብል ቃል ነዘዉትር ከምኻና ካብ ዝኾነ ኤርትራዊ ዝስወር ነገር ኣይኮነን እዩ። እንተኾነ ግና ንነብስና ምልስ ኢልና ክንሓታ ምስ እንፍትን ናይ በሓቂ ዲና የሕዋት ንብል ዘለናስ ወይስ ንይምሰልን ንነብስና ጥራሕ ዘይኮነ ንኻልኦት እዉን ነታልል ኢና ዘለና።
    የሕዋት ማነት ትርጉሙ ከመይ ድዩ? ንዓይ ከምዝረደኣኒ ብሕጽር ዝበለ የሕዋት ማለት ኣብ ጊዜ ጽቡቕ ይኹን ኣብ ሕማቕ ኩነታት ሓቢርካ ምስራሕን ምስታፍን ኮይኑ ይስማዓኒ። እሞ ኤርትራውያን ነዚ ተጠቂሱ ዘሎ ነማልኦዶ ኣለና ወይስ በንጻሩ ኢና ንሰርሕ ዘለና።

    ኣነ ብወገነይ ክብሎ ዝደሊ እንተሃለዎ ኤርትራዊያንን የሕዋት ኢና ኢልና ንኣምን ምስ እንኸዉን ኣብ እምነትና ንጸንዕ እንተኾይና ቃልና ክነተግብር ዝዓግተና ነገር ኣሎ ኢለ ስለዘይኣምን ብቓልና ጸኒዕና ሓቢርና እንተሰራሕናን ንቓልና ናብ ግብሪ እንተቐየርና ዝሕሸ መሲሉ ይስማዓኒ። ስለዚ ኩላትና ኤርትራዉያን ኣብ ሓደ ማኣዲ ብምቕራብ ህዝብና ማእከል ዝገበረ ዘተ ብምክያድ ንሓፋሽ ህዝብናን ንሃገርናን ንስራሕን ሃገርና ንህነጽን ዝብል ሪኢቶ ከቕርብ እፈቱ። ምኽንያቱ ኩሉ ድሌታትና ባሕግናን ሃገርና ምስ እትረጋጋእን ህዝብና ካብ ፍልሰት ይኹን ካብ ናይ ሞት መቕዘፍቲ ምስ ዝድሕን ምኻኑ ኣጸቢቕና ክርደኣና ይግባእ በሃላይ እየ።

    [ሃየ በሉ ናይ የሕዋት ንግበር፥ መንግስቲ ይኹን ተቓዉሞ ዝብል ዛዕባ ኣብ እንዳ ጓሓፍ ደርቢና ንቕረብ]

    “ናይ የዋህ ኣተሓሳስባ ዘይኮነ ኩሉ ነገር ክንገብሮ ንኽእን ንሕና ምኻና ከስምረሉ ይደሊ”

    ዝጎደለ እንተሎ ወይ ንኹነታት ሃገርና ይሓይሽ ትብልዎ ነገርት እንተሎ ንዘትየሉ!

  • Yoel E

    Here we go again. Another BS lies ( tplf style) that undermine the straggle against dictator. Organic and true change lasts.

  • T..T.

    Dear Hope,

    If the COIE findings/report is full of the worst accusatory descriptions of crimes committed by the tyrant and his general, the embassy staff were not expected to get involved ever again in human trafficking because if caught red handed it will be the end of Isayas in the ICC or AUCC. And, what we got from this breaking news is that the involved embassy staffs were not wearing gloves because the gunners followed them to their office.

    Dear HOPE, don’t you think the tyrant is crime addict and because it is so he cannot live without committing crimes. If true, that can be considered as a bad luck for his subjects, the Eritrean people. Anyway, the worst thing this time is that this news provides the COIE with high platform to declare “I TOLD YOU, AMERICA,” you cannot protect a lawless criminal who is guilty of all the listed crimes he is accused of.

  • Abi

    Hope Nefse
    It looks like Eritreans go to the south ( Tigry), Tigreans go to the West ( Europe,USA…) win- win situation. Everyone is moving up.

  • T..T.

    Hi all,

    Here again, just to say that the ugly face (dirty games) beneath the mask of embassy mission has to be uncovered. Those involved in the embassy should face the consequences, this time. Even Mahmud Saleh, Hope, and Solomon (tSAtSE) including Nitricc must be shocked by the news. The COIE people must be glad to link the news to previous cases enabling them to lay grounds to criminal charges for human trafficking thereby denying Isayas to paddle in the waters provided by the USA so as to avoid facing the ICC before the end of 2016.

  • said

    The GREATEST Lessons in Tolerance, Humanity & Leadership: Pope Francis & Angela Merkel
    The reactions and statements expressed by the Pontiff, Head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis and the most seasoned ever politician, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, in the immediate aftermath of new heinous terrorist attacks perpetrated on the largest cultural symbols of Europe and the Western world by so-called Lone-Wolf and menatly sick terrorists that just been carried out the last few days in Northern France and Germany, Humble ALL Humanity as to the deep tolerance, humanity, wisdom and extremely responsible statesmanship and political maturity.
    Both, Mrs. Merkel who can pride herself of stubbornly admitting to her country, Germany, against all political opposition’s criticisms and objections and many odds, war-torn countries such as Syria close to one million Syrian and Eritrean and others from sub-Saharan African refugees fleeing the ravages of merciless wars and running from dictatorship regime in their respected countries to her country; and the Pontiff, Pope Francis, have demonstrated to the whole world and particularly compassion and empathy to the Eritrean refugee and to those who were drowned in Mediterranean Sea ,near the cost of Lampedusa were mostly from Eritrea and Italian state held a state funeral for the victims of October 2003 ’s shipwreck tragedy of Lampedusa, On 13 April 2015, a vessel sank off the Libyan coast with up to 550 migrants on board. … Among those on board were about 350 Eritreans, Italy’s previous government provided rescue of cost of Libya ‘Mare Nostrum’ —on 2014 rescued nearly 190,000 people. The Italian government took this decision after a migrant boat sank with the loss of 360 lives 500 yards from an idyllic beach on the island of Lampedusa.
    Pope Francis, who said: “Let’s unite our efforts so that tragedies like this don’t happen again. Only a decisive collaboration of everyone can help and prevent them.” In impromptu remarks, he added: “The word disgrace comes to mind. It is a disgrace.”

    This I remember clearly as ever enduring testaments to the records of history, the kind of exceptionally great responsible mature political leaders they both are. Both great leaders adopted, at the very challenging heat of the moment, the kind of measured and assuaging political discourse needed to manage crisis and assuaged heightened collective popular sentiments in time of national and international crises. It takes both courage and immeasurable wisdom, however, foremost a genuine deep sense of humanity, for leaders in Times of National and International crises not to fall into the pitfalls of appeasing maddening crowds, electoral constituencies, with futile and counterproductive rhetoric, eliciting and arousing dormant prejudices, generalizations and readily minted negative stereotypes. Both great world leaders – with Merkel needing to listen to doubtful electorate – proved very rational, insulated from the influences of wide popular reactions, way above the outcries of maddening crowds.
    The Pontiff and the German Chancellor, with their legendary statesmanship and inexhaustible tolerance, humanity and very deep wisdom, put to shame with their stands terribly derelict and the asunder failure of Eritrean state ,many failed state and Institutions right across the board, including Arab nation , faith based clergy as well as the so-called the political leaders presiding, as mostly none elected heads of state, of the Arab and African states. The first is failing miserably to contain and stem out the waves of heinous terrors carried out most indiscriminately and massively against innocent souls falsely brandished under the banner of their baseless ideology of Islam.
    For one to truly appreciate the significance of the very responsible discourses made by the Pontiff and Mrs. Merkel’s is observing the highly sober and measured reactions of these great world leaders in the heat of attacks targeting the highest cultural symbolisms in both Germany and France, rather the whole Western and Christian words.
    One can not imagine, with no political objective or motive the killing an 84-year-old priest, Jacques Hamel who was attacked mentally sick man and terrorist during the storming of a church in the village of Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, a suburb of Rouen, the ultimate sacrilege was committed against all the cultural and religious symbolisms staunchly revered by the very proud of every faith and of those French people.
    However, notwithstanding the horrible abhorrence of the perpetration of such a heinous crime, The Pontiff, Pope Francis’ words were calm, measured and totally devoid of all prejudices. Pope Francis decried the “pain and horror of this absurd violence.” Adding, His Holiness, that “the world is at war,” but he stressed it was not a war of religion.
    As to Chancellor Angela Merkel who, of all politicians in the world and more particularly in Europe, should have felt a deep sense of betrayal to her kind gestures as would have been expected to react negatively to the most heinous crimes committed at different parts of her country, that were carried out by some of newly admitted Syrian refugees to Germany; thus, reciprocating, in utter ingratitude, the exceptional generous German most humanitarian open arms welcome of hundreds of thousands of their fleeing coreligionists and compatriots; however, in the face of all that, Mrs. Merkel stood her grounds as a responsible statesman endowed with a great and a broad vision, showing resolve, tolerance and true statesmanship at their excellence.
    Reacting to terrorist acts committed within the space of a week, as Germany has been rocked by an axe attack on a train; a mass shooting by David Sonboly was of Iranian heritage, he does not seem to have been a Muslim and appears to have felt no connection to that community. He considered himself German and a Westerner. The attack in Munich that left nine dead; Mrs. Merkel resisted all calls for crackdown and change of policy on the admission and accepting fleeing Arab and Muslim Refugees. In this vein, as stands as a great historical testament, Mrs. Merkel have series of declarations defending her Refugees Policy.
    Mrs. Angela Merkel has delivered a staunch defence of her open-door policy towards refugees, insisting she feels no guilt over a series of violent attacks in Germany and was right to allow hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees to arrive last summer. The German Chancellor declared, in the heat of accusations and the oppositions and right wing partisans that her country will stick to its principles in the aftermath of the wave of violence.
    Mrs. Merkel went on to say, that, “A rejection of the humanitarian stance we took could have led to even worse consequences,” the German chancellor said, adding that the assailants “wanted to undermine our sense of community, our openness and our willingness to help people in need. We firmly reject this.”
    Repeating her wir schaffen das (we can manage it) mantra delivered last summer at the peak of the refugee crisis, Mrs. Merkel said: “I didn’t say it would be easy. I said back then, and I’ll say it again, that we can manage our historic task – and this is a historic test in times of globalization – just as we’ve managed so much already, we can manage it.” “Germany is a strong country,” she added.
    The Pontiff, Pope Francis, and the German Chancellor, Mrs. Angela Merkel, are the rarity of the kind of leadership, absent in nearly all across the globe that the world direly need at these most challenging times holding in the balance the whole future and survival of humanity at large. The Pontiff Pope Francis and Mrs. Angela Merkel are the kind of leaders that the world direly needs to try cross the threshold of an all-engulfing current global security and political crises that are so ominous as the Pope rightly warns that could well be the harbinger for an impending Global Third War that humanity at large is currently facing.

    • said

      greeting to all

  • T..T.

    Hi all,

    In the west, if one does not pay off arrears or is behind on rent, gets notice. But in countries that are in civil war, like Libya, the rule of guns is different. A demand of: your life or the money immediately? Is common as always faced by innocent Eritrean in Eritrea under the rule of the jungle?

    In some Eritrean refugees’ cases, the demanding gunners take both, the money and the life. The purpose of taking the life too, is that the so saved life could turn against the gunners as a witness at the ICC. So, like all innocent Eritreans every day experience in Eritrea, this time the Isayasist at the embassy had to face the intruders’ demand of “pay or else lose everything.” The embassy that eats from out the mouth of starving Eritrean refugees cannot stay safe doing it the way it has been doing it forever. It got to stop at some point by coincidence. Indeed, at long last, the embassy that makes money by confusing innocent Eritrean refugees finds itself to be feeding on its confusion as its business of “connect fast and deny fast” didn’t work this time because the gunners came to its doors to collect their money.