Djiboutian authorities handed over 26 Eritreans to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) who had been under their custody since the June military clashes between Eritrea and Djibouti, according to Awate – Gedab News.
Of the 26 Eritreans, five were wounded and captured in the June 10-11 clash. The rest, 21 conscripts, surrendered to Djibouti in the days following the military clash.
With the exception of Captain Mehari, who is an officer in the Eritrean army, the other prisoners are all Eritrean conscripts.
Meanwhile, Eritrea holds fifteen prisoners of war from the Djiboutian army and it is unclear whether these were turned over to the ICRC.
The Eritrean government had earlier offered to exchange its prisoners with those held by Djibouti and the state of Qatar had been involved in the initiative. But Djibouti refused the offer and opted to use the conventional approach with the Red Cross.
Gedab News has also learned that there are scores of Oromo and Ogaden detainees in Djibouti who escaped from their training camps in Eritrea close to the Djibouti-Eritrea border area. Eritrea hosts Ethiopian Oromo and Ogaden opposition groups.
Meanwhile, Eritrea has finally given its permission to the UN fact finding mission to visit Eritrea with one caveat: the mission has to fly directly from New York.
Eritrea has indicated it will not receive any delegation if it flies from either Djibouti or any other Middle Eastern country.
Eritrea had previously rejected fact-finding visits from the African Union (AU) and the League of Arab States (Arab League.)
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Selon les informations que j’ai pu obtenir, la majorité des 26 Erythréens remis à la Croix Rouge, seraient non pas des appelés, mais des travailleurs manuels, des gardiens ou des bergers etc. originaires de la region d’Obock et membres de la communauté Afar.
En effet, au lendemain des combats, le SDS avait commencé à pourchasser et à arrêter tous les immigrés Erythréens de la région afin de montrer à la communauté internationale que l’AND avait été capable de faire des prisonniers pendant les combats et probablement de disposer d’une monnaie d’échange pour récupérer les véritables soldats djiboutiens qui ont été capturés par l’adversaire …. et dont on nous cache le nombre exact … Est-il si important ?