Ethiopia-Eritrea border restrictions tighten

Ethiopia-Eritrea border restrictions tighten

The border crossing between Ethiopia and Eritrea closed this morning for reasons not disclosed yet, according to informants from the area. The main road between Zalambessa and the Eritrean town of Serha is no longer accessible since this morning after Eritrean soldiers were deployed in the area, sources say. The border was officially opened following the rapprochement between the one-time enemies on September 10.

After its opening up, people from both countries were crossing the border without official permission, the informants said. Buses and trucks, as many as 400 have been making their way across the frontier every day. But since this morning, Ethiopian nationals heading in the direction of Eritrea were told to have special permit from the federal government detailing the purpose of their visits, the informants said. Vehicles, some of them carrying perishabel food, inluding fruits and vegetables are not being allowed across the border, leaving travellers stranded. Security has been tightened in Eritrea after an attempt on the life of General Sebhat Efrem, former minister of defence and current minister of mining was made, according to some reports. It is not yet clear if the latest restriction on the border area had any relation to that. Business people in the area are already worried about possible economic and social disruption because of closed border roads, witnesses say.

Even after the rapprochement, only two border checkpoints in a more than 1,000 kms common border were re-opened. The crossing through Badme and Humera remain closed.

Source: Ethiopiaobserver

Eritrea orders border shutdown with Tigray

– Security tightens at Bure/Assab border with Afar.
– Afar youth blocked roads from Tigray.

26 Dec 2018- (EP) The unregulated border crossing between Ethiopia and Eritrea is finally closed this morning.

Two key crossing border points, Bure and Zalambessa (pictured) were officially opened following the rapprochement between the two countries on September 10, 2018.

Speculation was rife that the latter would be closed for ‘security’ reason after the failed assassination attempt on former Eritrean defence minister General Sibhat Ephrem in Asmara last week.

At Ethiopian side, border guards are asking federal or institutional permit to let people enter Eritrea. However, those in Ethiopia already can return to Eritrea without permission – and the other way around.

Economically, the unregulated trade at the border, where there appear to be little customs or immigration controls, risks opening a “shadow monetary front” where an exchange rate is being governed by largely speculative perceptions from both sides of the border.

Meanwhile, Afar youth have blocked roads from Tigray after Eritrea increased security at Bure border near Assab port city. The reopening at Bure border in Afar region was planned to give landlocked Ethiopia access to the sea.