Eritrea ends lax border crossing to and from Ethiopia

Eritrean government seem to be tightening its border with Eritrea, especially along Zalambessa

Deutsche Welle (DW) Amharic service reported today that Ethiopians who were crossing to Eritrea through the border town of Zalambessa were requested laissez-passer by border guards. Apparently, those who do not have one were not allowed to Eritrea.

Also, DW Amharic cited its sources in the border town to report that the regulated border crossing active as of 6 a.m. local time.

Business and other travelers from the two countries were enjoying unrestricted border crossing since the reopening of the border in September after normalcy was resorted following the end of state of “no war – no peace” relation.

Vehicles that were not allowed to enter to Eritrea on grounds of lack of permission to enter were seen making long lines in the border area, according to DW Amharic report.

It remains unclear why Eritrea wanted to activate regulation of boarder crossing. Eritrean Press, apparently a social media Eritrean News portal, reported “Speculation was rife that the latter [Zalambessa] would be closed for ‘security’ reason after the failed assassination attempt on former Eritrean defense minister General Sibhat Ephrem in Asmara last week.”

Eritrean Press also reported security at Bure, in the south east Eritrea, border is tightening.

Ethiopian government officials have not remarked about the latest development in regards to border crossing. However, the ministry of revenue was discussing controlling mechanism vis-a-vis cross-border trade.

On the other hand, Debretsion Gebremical, Tigray Regional State president and chairman of Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), says that Business in Tigray region is working with Eritreans. In addition to the need to ensure peace with Eritrea, he added, people have understood the importance of economic cooperation, according a report by VOA Amharic service reporter Mulugeta Atsebeha. Read more...

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