Ethiopia accuses Eritrea of torturing deportees – ADDIS ABABA (Reuters)

October 12th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

Ethiopia has accused its neighbour and arch-foe Eritrea of torturing, and then dumping at the border, scores of its nationals who had been deported to Eritrea from Egypt. (more…)

Ethiopia has accused its neighbour and arch-foe Eritrea of torturing, and then dumping at the border, scores of its nationals who had been deported to Eritrea from Egypt.

“Eritrea violated normal procedures of repatriation,” Ethiopia’s Information Ministry said late on Saturday.

“The 166 Ethiopians deported to Eritrea from Egypt claimed they had been subjected to severe torture by Eritrean security forces for four months and then dumped at the border.”

It said the 166 included 62 women and 17 children. Eritrean officials could not immediately be reached for comment. The two nations fought a 1998-2000 border war that killed 70,000 people.

Ethiopia said it would also be asking the authorities in Cairo why its nationals had been deported to Eritrea.

Egypt has harboured tens of thousands of African migrants in its territory, but its attitude has changed this year after it came under pressure to halt rising numbers of Africans crossing its sensitive border with Israel.

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