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The Importance of Operation Fenkil and the Battle of Massawa in Eritrea’s History

Operation Fenkil was veritable epitome of unparalleled determination, military prowess, ingenuity and heroism of Eritrea’s popular struggle.

“Operation Fenkil (Liberation of Massawa) was the determinant event and precursor of the full liberation of Eritrea through a very arduous, three-decades long, protracted popular armed struggle that exacted heavy sacrifices. Highest tribute to Eritrea’s best sons and daughters!” – Yemane G/Meskel

BY BEREKET KIDANE

Later this week, Eritreans and their leaders will descend upon Massawa to commemorate the fierce battle waged to liberate the port city during the fight for independence. The 30th anniversary of the Battle of Massawa, also called Operation Fenkil, is a time of pride, gratitude and hope. Continue reading The Importance of Operation Fenkil and the Battle of Massawa in Eritrea’s History

A Look Back at the Battle of Massawa

Commemorating Anniversary. The battle of Massawa that took place in 1990 in and around the coastal city of Massawa, through an offensive dubbed Operation Fenkil, was conducted by land and sea that successfully uprooted the derg regime and paved the way to the realization of an independent Eritrea.

BY BEREKET KIDANE

After the fall of Afabet, Moscow was effectively finished with Ethiopia. The Soviet Union’s military establishment started withdrawing its advisers and stopped its shipments to Ethiopia. To keep the free flow of arms and its addiction to modern battlefield weapons going, the Ethiopian government started trading Falashas, Ethiopian Jews, for Israeli cluster bombs that would later be used to bomb residents of the port city of Massawa. Continue reading A Look Back at the Battle of Massawa