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Ethiopia’s Tigray region frees 43 Eritreans prisonsers

Forty-three Eritreans arrested by Ethiopia over immigration offences have been released, the BBC’s Tigrinya service reported on Friday.

The detainees had been arrested over the last twenty years – a period the two countries were in a state of armed confrontation over a common border.

They were released by the northern Tigray regional state which shares a long border with Eritrea. The region’s head of its justice department, Amanuel Assefa, defended the detentions, saying anyone who violated the law had to face justice.

Leaders of both countries signed a July 2018 peace deal that ended the decades of hostilities that followed a deadly, costly border war.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia and Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki signed a deal that restored all friendly relations between the two nations. Telephone lines and flights have since resumed between them.

On September 11, both leaders oversaw the reopening of border crossing between the two countries. Whiles business people left Ethiopia for Eritrea, reports indicate that Eritrean nationals entering Ethiopia were seeking refugee status.

By Africanews

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1 comment

rezen Oct 13, 2018 at 9:34 pm

Ethiopia and Eritrea were engaged in 30-year war with a colossal sacrifice in human life and destruction of environment. Ethiopia has gone through changes in Governments including the present young (43 years old) promising Prime Minister.
On the other hand, Eritrea wound up being the UNLUCKY ONE — jumping from the iron pan to the fire under 74-year old absolute Dictator that Eritrea has ever seen in its History and NO SIGN of any change.
it is one of the sordid ‘stories’ of our Africa. CRY, MY BELOVED AFRICA.

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