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Eritrean Ethiopian Cross-Border Trade Facing Hiccups

The euphoria of the first few days of cross-border trading between Eritrea and Ethiopia is now facing reality. Impulsive moving of goods between the two countries has now slowed down due to many factors, but mainly due to a shortage of Nakfa currency. The border was opened without any declared …

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Berhane Becomes the First Casualty of the Jeddah Agreement

This morning, former minister Berhane Abrehe, who authored two books and publicly challenged Isaias Afwerki,  warning him to avoid signing any national agreements before consulting the Eritrean parliament, was arrested in Asmara. His wife has been in jail for almost a year. The arrest was expected since many observers thought …

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Leaked List of PFDJ Diaspora Task Force

On May 21, 2018,  Gedab News reported that it received a leaked document with a list of operatives in the Diaspora which the PFDJ created to operate within “a new strategy to combat media that sheds a negative light on Eritrea”. The task force is part of the many affiliate …

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Some Senior Eritrean Officials Taking Risky Steps

On June 5, 2018 PM Abiy announced his government’s acceptance of the Algiers Agreement that was signed between Eritrea and Ethiopia in 2000. The Agreement followed a two-year devastating border war in which about 100,000 lives were lost and hundreds of thousands of people from the two countries were displaced …

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Eritrean-Ethiopian Border Crossing at Um-Hajar Closed

Reports from Eritrea indicated that the border crossing from the Eritrean town of Um-Hajar to the Ethiopian town of Humera has been closed. The road between the two towns run through a bridge over the Settit River which forms a natural border between Eritrea and Ethiopia. Humera and Um-Hajar towns form …

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UN Sanctions Against Eritrea to Remain in Force

The UN imposed sanctions against Eritrea will remain in place despite the statements by the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who said he will work to help lift it. Somalia’s president has also made similar statements during his visit to Asmara on July 28 explaining “the move would help the …

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Ethiopian Airlines Will Resume Flights to Asmara

This morning, the Ethiopian prime minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed concluded a two-day visit to Asmara after signing several agreements. The major item of his talks in Eritrea was a peace agreement, though its content was on the table since 2004. However, the Eritrean government had refused to dialogue with the Ethiopian government insisting the …

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Eritrea: Eid Prayer Celebrated Under Heavily Armed Guards

For the first time in remembered history, Eritrean Muslims performed Eid Al Fitr prayers under heavy military presence. Security forces had tightly surrounded several prayer fields and major mosques in the country where thousands of people congregated for the early morning Eid prayer. In the capital city, Asmara, the security …

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Ethiopia Reiterates Its Acceptance of The Boundary Ruling

Sources from Ethiopia indicated that PM Abiy Ahmed is expected to issue a directive to release many prisoners remaining in jail, some of them since 2012. Lately, the government of PM Abiy has emptied many prisons around the country. The released prisoners include opposition members, journalist, and other political prisoners. …

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Mekhete 2: Eritrean Government Launches A Media War

Gedab News learned that the PFDJ has devised “a new strategy to combat media that sheds a negative light on Eritrea.” In its statements and general messages, the ruling party often equates itself with Eritrea. Building on the trolling cooperation that it cemented with Saudi Arabia and UAE, the Eritrean …

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ARCHIVED: US Ambassador: Eritrea Arrested 48 of Our Staff

[This news item was pulled from the archives. It was originally published @23:15, on Aug. 7, 2015] Between 2001 and 2010, Eritrea arrested 48 Eritrean employees of the US embassy in Eritrea, according to former US ambassador to Eritrea, Ronald McMullen. In an interview with Global Journalist on August 6,  Ambassador …

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Millions of UAE Cash-Money Seized in Somalia

Bags containing US$9.6 million have been intercepted by Somali security and customs forces at Aden Abdulle International Airport in the Somali capital city, Mogadishu. The UAE ambassador to Somalia, Mohammed Al Hammadi was at the airport to receive the cash that arrived on board a UAE airplane from Abu Dhabi, …

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Saudi, UAE, and Eritrean Internet Trolling Cooperation

Gedab News learned that the UAE and Saudi Arabia are providing training and facilities to the Eritrean ruling party to enhance its internet war against its opponents. Both Arab countries maintain a strong troll presence in social media, which they enhanced since November of last year to encircle Qatar. The UAE …

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Acute Food Shortage In The Sahel Region of Eritrea

Reports from Northern Eritrea indicate the residents of the Sahel region are facing an acute shortage of foodstuff and other consumer items. Since the mid-1960s, the Northern Sahel region has hosted the bulk of the Eritrean liberation forces. Most of the war that raged against the Ethiopian occupation has been …

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Prime Minister Resigns: Ethiopia Moves Towards the Third Republic

In what many observers expected, yesterday the Ethiopian television announced the Ethiopian Prime Minister resigned from his position. Hilemariam was elected by the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) as a successor to the late Ethiopian Prime Minister Melles Zenawi, who died in August 2012. Until his election as prime …

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General Salah Gosh Sworn in as Sudan’s Security Chief

On Sunday, February 12, 2018, Major General Salah “Gosh” Abdulla was sworn in as Sudan’s chief of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS). This is his second after his first appointment as chief of the INSS in 2004, which he held until August 2009. General Salah was re-appointment to the …

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