Ethiopia’s largest domestic airline allegedly transported anti-aircraft missiles

Ethiopia transported what is believed to be weapons via its largest domestic airline over a six-month period during the country’s war with its own Eastern Province, CNN reported. The RasAir airline reportedly transported anti-aircraft…

Ethiopia’s largest domestic airline allegedly transported anti-aircraft missiles

Ethiopia transported what is believed to be weapons via its largest domestic airline over a six-month period during the country’s war with its own Eastern Province, CNN reported.

The RasAir airline reportedly transported anti-aircraft weapons and anti-tank missiles between May 2013 and March 2014, according to US authorities. CNN says it is believed to be the first time such flight activity has been associated with a foreign government.

The travel of weapons was never declared to the US and the events are under active criminal investigation by the US Justice Department, CNN reports.

The US Embassy in Addis Ababa told CNN: “This is deeply disturbing and supports our long-standing concerns about countries exporting and receiving weapons that violate strict export control restrictions against weaponized technology and proliferation.”

Ethiopia has been acting militarily against Eastern Province for much of the last six years, in accordance with the orders of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who became leader on April 24 of this year.

The Ethiopian government has defended the transfer of anti-aircraft weapons, telling CNN: “There is no conspiracy, war or violation of (us) diplomat international laws and regulations”.

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