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Somalia Denies Airspace to Ethiopian Airlines En Route to Hargeisa

Ethiopian Airlines Plane Safely Lands in Addis Ababa After Being Redirected from Jijiga Airspace by Somalian Authorities

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Hargeisa bound, the capital of the breakaway region of Somaliland, Ethiopian Airlines plane turned back to Addis Ababa after Somali authorities denied access to their airspace.

The BBC Amharic service reported that Mesfin Tassew, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, has confirmed that the plane was turned back before entering Somali airspace. The alleged reason was that the aircraft did not have permission from the Somali government.

“The plane that was flying to Hargessa is returned. The reason is that after it started flying ‘no permission is given on the part of Somalia,’ ”  the CEO is quoted as saying. 

ET 8372, a Dash 8-Q400, took off from Addis Ababa at around 8:30 a.m. and proceeded in the direction of Hargeisa. However, it was instructed to turn back while in the skies of Jijiga and subsequently landed back at Bole International Airport around 10:30 a.m.

Passenger information has not been released. BBC Amharic cited Somalia’s Minister of Information, Daud Aweis, who told the news source that the plane, denied entry into Somali airspace, was carrying senior Ethiopian government authorities en route to Hargeisa.

BBC Amharic reported that the Flight Radar website indicated two other flights to Somalia, including Hargeisa. The regular flight ET 372 successfully landed in Hargeisa around 11:00 a.m. local time.

On Wednesday, the Somali Civil Aviation announced on its official X page that it has took action on Ethiopian Airlines Flight. 

“Today, the Somali Civil Aviation Authority took action to turn back an Ethiopian Airlines plane, Dash 8-Q400, flight number ET8372, from Somali airspace as it was found to be unauthorized. Adhering to international air rules and our rules, flights must obtain proper permission before entering airspace. The Authority emphasizes that unlicensed aircraft will not be allowed to enter the country’s airspace, prioritizing order and cooperation with global counterparts.”

However, according to the BBC, Somali Civil Aviation authorities have announced that regular flights between Addis Ababa and Somalia will continue. 

Tensions between Ethiopia and Somalia, which is said to have the potential to destabilize the entire region and embolden al-Shabaab militants, escalated following Ethiopia’s signing of a memorandum of understanding with the breakaway region of Somaliland.

The agreement, signed on January 1, 2024, would, upon finalization, grant Ethiopia a 20-kilometer coastal land in Somaliland on a fifty-year lease term. In return, Somaliland would receive a certain percentage of shares from Ethiopia’s national assets, along with recognition of its statehood. Somaliland has existed as a de facto state since 1991.

However, Somalia perceives this agreement as a violation of its sovereignty and has been mobilizing diplomatic, political, and military support since then. In the 1970s, Somalia invaded Ethiopia and occupied up to 700 kilometers of land inside Ethiopia. Eventually, Somalia’s invasion was reversed after a decisive military victory in Karamara.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. As always I urge all sides to show restraints. The last thing both Ethiopia and Somalia need is conflict between them. More than 10,000 Ethiopians have lost their lives, limbs and their emotional well-being to help their neighbors in Somalia fend off the real danger of Al-Shabaab savagery. It is a strange world out there where things could turn for the worse on a dime. You are tight good friends at high noon 12:00PM and lock horns in fierce fighting the same day at 03:00PM in the afternoon just because you said something that the other side finds it improper. That’s how The HOA is a strange outfit. Just utterly and stupidly powder keg. Sad but true!

  2. ITTu Aba farda @ Ethiopia seems confused and unrealistic 10,000 Ethio lost there life who cares ,they invaded sovereignty country ,to Somalis those 10,000 Ethio were butcher invaders .Ethio is childish mentality and soon will be next Yugoslavia ,make my word no Ethiopia civilians will stay in Somalia you don’t know what the somali people will capable off,you declare war on Somalia and Somalis remember the pain of Ogaden region (Somali region that British give to Ethiopia ,we may not strong militarily now but you are not better military now neither ,but we are more stronger than population wise and more organized than the whole ethnic group of Ethio .good luck with your day dream .

    • Calm down, there is no Somalia as a country, you are Ethiopian, your tribe name is Somali. Complain on Colonization for doing this to us. We will not hurt you unless you try to do what you did in the past and we dismantled you till now. Too much talk here

  3. The tit-for-tat and casus belli or beating war drums has already begun. No surprise here and it could get really ugly, if this happend,, It’s the lunatic PM Abiy’s fault and war of his choice ,along some racist and greedy oromumama fringe groups , who think world was made as their free ride to behave and do anything as they want.. But it doesn’t work that way .Hopefully he will realize the gravity of the matter before it is too late. This contravetsial anf illegal issue is very problemtic for both regional stability and international legal order point of view, nothing to say of existential to ethiopia’s future as a united geographic entity . A leader can not wake up in the middle of the nnight and acts as he wishes against his people, friends, , enemies ,his supporters and neighboring coutries just because he thinks so without serious reflection of the consequennces .

  4. The tit-for-tat and casus belli or beating war drums has already begun. No surprise here and it could get really ugly, if this happend,, It’s the lunatic PM Abiy’s fault and war of his choice ,along some racist and greedy oromumama fringe groups , who think world was made as their free ride to behave and do anything as they want.. But it doesn’t work that way .Hopefully he will realize the gravity of the matter before it is too late. This contravetsial anf illegal issue is very problemtic for both regional stability and international legal order point of view, nothing to say of existential threat to ethiopia’s future as a united geographic entity . A leader can not wake up in the middle of the nnight and acts as he wishes against his people, friends, , enemies ,his supporters and neighboring coutries alike just because he thinks so without serious reflection of the consequennces .

  5. QUOTE: good luck with your day dream . UNQUOTE

    HUMBLE COMMENTARY, 18 JAN 2024
    1. Don’t be self-assured.

    2. Ethiopia is a MATURE country of eternal longevity.

    3. Ethiopia had the determination and stamina to save the Ancient Independent Country >>> ETHIOPIA.

    4. But the WISDOM of Ethiopia —- – an independent country for time immemorial — precludes action based on
    foolishness.

    5. ETHIOPIA HAS ALWAYS BEEN —- AND WILL ALWAYS BE —– AN INDEPENDENT COUTRY ON THE GLOBE.

    6. Action against Ethiopia as a TEST that can only lead to foolishness and destruction.

    7. May PEACE prevail in our dear rich continent BLACK AFRICA.

    8. By the way, speaking about Ethiopia, it must be understood the capability of Ethiopia to defend itself under any
    circumstances.

    9. But Ethiopia is WISE and PATIENT enough to maintain PEACE in our beloved Black Africa — though there is always a
    limit to everything .

    10. Only narrow mindedness will tamper against the peacefulness of our Dear Black Africa.

    11. One can’t help being shocked at the initiation of an attempt to destroy THYSELF

    12. Pray, Black Africa will remain as Black Africa and never will be lead to HELL by foolishness!!!!

    —————– THe END ———————-

  6. Why all this commotion about Somalia’s government push back. The servile regime in Mogadishu is simply following orders from its masters in Al-Qahirah.

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