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Ethiopia’s most successful airline has been caught transporting government weapons as part of a large shipment targeted at a war in a remote Ethiopian region, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.
Stacks of what appear to be ammunition lie in a bar area of Asmara Airport in Asmara, some 250 miles from the conflict zone, in this still image taken from video. AFP/Getty Images
Eritrea in the north of the country has been in a fight with the Ethiopian government for decades.
Eritrea denies its government sent weapons to Ethiopia, but Asmara has in the past shipped weapons to Eritrea.
In 2015, U.S. intelligence officers intercept satellite phone calls claiming that Chinese-made Chinese-made 3-point beam missiles and other weapons are being sent to Eritrea and Ethiopian army vehicles in violation of an arms embargo by the UN.
Ethiopia’s national carrier is fully owned by the government and is privately owned by a Saudi royal family member, the New York Times reported.
The news comes as Eritrea officials say they’ve received criticism for agreeing to supply Venezuela with two Russian fighter jets and four helicopters.