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Arab coalition paying Eritrea millions for help in Yemen campaign

Tigrai Online, November 6, 2015

United Arab Emirates warships and military boats at the port Assab in Eritrea

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are paying Eritrea to help fight their anti-Houthi military campaign in Yemen in an agreement that may violate United Nations sanctions against the Horn of Africa nation, according to a UN report.


Eritrea is allowing the Arab coalition to use its land, airspace and territorial waters in a “new strategic military relationship with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates,” the UN Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea said in its report published Oct. 21. The arrangement would violate Security Council resolutions if Eritrea diverted the compensation “towards activities that threaten peace and security,” it said.

Stratfor, the global geopolitical intelligence firm that provides strategic analysis and forecasting throughout the world reported on October 29, 2015 three United Arab Emirates warships some with helicopter landing decks seen unloading or loading at the port of Assab.

“Stratfor has detected an Emirati naval presence in the Eritrean port of Assab that may indicate Eritrea's support of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen. Satellite imagery taken Sept. 16 appears to show three landing craft docked in the port that are not vessels known to exist within the Eritrean navy's inventory.”

Unanimous source who is very familiar with Eritrean military and who bitterly opposes the regime informed Tigrai Online that the Eritrean government has about 1800 foot soldiers on the ground in Yemen fighting on behalf of the Arab led coalition.

Some of the Eritrean military generals are directly involved in people trafficking and illegal human organ harvesting and selling according to UN report. At same time the Eritrean mafia government is officially selling it young soldiers for exchange of much needed hard currency.

Sorce: Bloomberg News - http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-11-05/saudi-arabia-u-a-e-paying-eritrea-to-back-yemen-fight-un-says

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