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Families of Ethiopian fighter pilot Bezabeh Petros say he is alive

The family says that the report by Eritrean Press regarding Ethiopian fighter pilot Colonel Bezabeh Petros does not have any concrete evidence. His brother says they have information where he in in Eritrea.

Professor Beyene Petros. ( Photo : from Beyene Petros SM page)

June 9, 2020

This past weekend an Eritrean news source, Eritrean Press, reported that Bezabeh Petros, an Ethiopian fighter pilot who was shot down while on an airstrike mission in Eritrea during the border conflict, “died of a natural cause in Asmara” several years after he was captured (and borkena reported about it) 

However, the families of the Bezabeh Petros say that he is alive.  DW Amharic cited, on Monday, the families of Bezabeh as saying that information emerging on social media is not concrete and contradicts with the information.

Professor Beyene Petros, Bezabeh’s brother and a notable politician in the opposition quarter said “What we know is that Colonel Bezabeh is alive. We have mistrust about the information that is emerging. Because they are not supported by concrete evidence.” 

The claim that he died several years ago is contradictory to the information we have. “Some people whom we trust have told us that they have seen the Colonel months ago. They even have information about where he is in Eritrea including the institution he is in,” Professor Beyene Petros told DW Amharic.

Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not remark on the issue so far. The government of Eritrea has not said anything officially, either.

Colonel Bezabeh Petros has served in the Ethiopian Air Force since the Somalia invasion of Ethiopia in the late ’70s and was awarded the highest award.

When a border war broke out between Ethiopia and Eritrea in 1998, the government needed his service.  What is known about the mission during the war is that he parachuted when the jet he was flying was shot.

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  1. I would like to ask Professor Beyene Petros

    1.If he thinks fighting at the Badme war for Woyane against Shabiya is what he as an Ethiopian advocated for at the time or was he thinking to get rid of both Woyane and Shabiya from power together during the Badme war ?

    2. If he thinks Ethiopia should keep the Badme land forever or should Ethiopia hand over the Badme land to Eritrea at some specific point in time within the near future ?

  2. He was captured during the Derg and treated well.Given a choice after the liberation, if he wants to go back to Ethiopia or somewhere else. He has chosen to go back to his family and was sent home with respect.
    when weyane declared war against Eritrea, he, he, he, himself, volunteered to bomb Eritrea for the second time.
    If I were The Eritrean government I would have shoot him in the spot as Derg used to do, no mercy and no messing up with Eritreans.

  3. Sad
    What went to his mind to kill people who looked after him when bis plane was shot down in Sahel the first time
    Human beings have so many characters

  4. Eritrean fighters respected and treated this pilot with respect when he was caught first time. He was given adequate medical treatment, provided with better quality of food than other fighters, given books that he himself ordered to read. He was given the opportunity to travel abroad if he wishes, but he decided to return to Ethiopia. He is probably the only pilot in the world who committed such an offence. After all the care and treatment he was given, he went back to attack the very people that saved his life and treated him well. Whilst most Eritreans feel sorry for the family, they have no sympathy for the pilot.

  5. I prefer to bite my tongue for the sake of peace and out of the desire of seeing it perpetuated. The question should be asked is whether this soldier was captured in his country’s military uniform in a battle or not. Was he an enemy combatant or a prisoner of war? Once he was captured during a battle and kept in detention, do the 1949 Geneva Conventions including the 1993 4th Geneva Convention still apply to him no matter how many times he was captured? Do these conventions expire on a soldier in detention? Both Ethiopia and Eritrea are signatories of these conventions. Even if any one of these two countries have a change of heart toward these international laws, they should know better that the conventions have been declared binding by the UN since 1993. There shouldn’t be a pick and choose option between prisoners of war.

    If his death is true, my sincere condolences go out to his family and friends!!!

  6. Even thou he was a prisoner of war and given the treatment he deserve. he shouldn’t come to kill z same people and soldiers who saved his life.But if he is still alive,please give me a shoot gun to finish the job what ma people started.


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