- A report by United Nations monitoring group on Somalia indicted Eritrea of violating the 1992 international arms embargo by secretly supplying huge quantities of arms - explosives and surface-to-air missiles to Somali Islamic insurgents.
Eritrean authorities denied the story, despite the fact that the report has been backed with photographic evidences of SA-18 missiles under the possession of the Islamists, which were said to have been used by Islamists against a Belarus aircraft that had made an emergency landing in Mogadishu.
The report, which was submitted to the UN Security Council, discovered that there are more arms proliferations in the horn of Africa now than during the days of the 1991 civil war between Eritrea and Ethiopia.
The most disturbing part of the report is that some of the weapons have landed in the hands of mercenary youths defending the ousted Islamic Courts Union.
Eritrea still maintains denial, after all, the report took not of numerous flights the country has embarked on to smuggle arms from Asmara to Mogadishu.
The country’s Ambassador to the UN, Araya Desta, reacts in a letter, saying the accusations have been merely fabricated and that they from part of subtle disinformation campaign to cover up adventurism of Ethiopia that helped in dislodging the Islamists from power militarily.
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afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.