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Operation Fenkil at its 31st Anniversary

Operation Fenkil, the epic three-day fierce battle to liberate the port city of Massawa
“Today is the 31st Anniversary of “Operation Fenkil”, the epic three-day battle for the liberation of Massawa. As the penultimate battle for the full liberation of the country, Operation Fenkil epitomized EPLF’s military prowess, ingenuity, meticulous standards of planning and coordination.” – Yemane G/Meskel

BY HABTOM TESFAMICHAEL | SHABAIT

The month of February takes a center stage in the heart of every Eritrean as we commemorate “Operation Fenkil”, which resulted in the liberation of the port city of Massawa following a three-day fierce battle, from 8th to 10th of February 1990. Continue reading Operation Fenkil at its 31st Anniversary

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

Operation Fenkil: Decisive Victory that Signaled the End of Ethiopian Colonialism

Operation Fenkil was one of the most decisive military operations that heralded the end of Ethiopian colonialism in Eritrea.

BY HABTOM TESFAMICHAEL | SHABAIT

Operation Fenkil was one of the most decisive military operations that heralded the end of Ethiopian colonialism in Eritrea. The operation was carried out through the coordinated attack of the infantry, the mechanized and the then nascent naval forces of the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front (EPLF). Continue reading Operation Fenkil: Decisive Victory that Signaled the End of Ethiopian Colonialism

Eritrea Successfully Ends Operation Fenkil 2.0

Eritrea has successfully completed the second operation of Fenkil against the TPLF, a minority junta that was an obstacle of peace and stability in the Horn of Africa region. The Game is Over and the Horn of Africa region now enters in the post TPLF era.

BY ORION ASMELASH

Winning a war is a victory but subduing your adversary without fighting is ingenuity. Eritrea surprisingly has come out triumphant. As Martin Luther King Jr said, “Lightning makes no sound until it strikes”. Continue reading Eritrea Successfully Ends Operation Fenkil 2.0

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

Revisiting the Last Chapter of the Ethiopian Navy (1955 – 1990)

The Battle of Massawa (Operation Fenkil) took place in February 1990 in and around the coastal city of Massawa, Eritrea. This offensive was conducted by both land and sea by the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front (EPLF) against the Ethiopian Derg Army. During this battle EPLF used its small fleet of armed speedboats to sink or cripple most Ethiopian navy ships anchored in and around Massawa harbor.

From ‘ዛዛሚ ምዕራፍ ሓይሊ ባሕሪ ኢትዮጽያ’,

ሰበ-ስልጣንን ኣዘዝትን ሰራዊት ደርግ ነበር፡ ኣብ ኤርትራ ንዝወረዶም ሰፍ ዘይብል ሰባውን ንዋታውን ክሳራታት፡ ብዓቢኡ ኸኣ ታሪኻዊ ስዕረት ዝምልከት ዕረ እናጠዓሞም ክእመንሉን ብመልክዕ መጽሓፍ ከስፍርዎን ይርኣዩ ኢዮም። “ገማግም ባሕርን ሓይሊ ባሕሪ ኢትዮጽያን” ዘርእስታ መጽሓፍ፡ ብናይ ቀደም ኣባላት ሓይሊ ባሕሪ ኢትዮጽያ ነበር ዝተጻሕፈት ኢያ። ኣብ 2006 ኣቢላ ዝተጻሕፈትን 762 ገጻት ዘለዋን ከኣ እያ። ኣብ መቕድምን መእተውን ከም እትሕብሮ፡ ሓፈሻዊ ዕላምኣ “ሓይሊ ባሕሪ ኢትዮጽያ ነበር” ካብ ኣመሰራርትኡ፡ ምዕባለኡ፡ ክሳብ’ቲ ብሰራዊት ህዝባዊ ግንባር ፍጹም ዝተደምሰሰሉ ንዝነበሮ ተራን ኣስተዋጽኦን ንምዝንታው ኢዩ።

ኣብታ ወደባዊት ከተማ፡ ነቲ ብኣጋርን ሜካናይዝድ ኣሃዱታትን ዝተኻየደ መሪር ውግኣትን ህዝባዊ ሰራዊት ንዝፈጸሞ ቅያን’ውን ከይጸወየትሉ ኣይሓለፈትን። ኣብ ገለ ሸነኹ’ውን፡ ነቲ መሪር ስዕረት ብስነ-ጽሑፋዊ ሓይሊ፡ ብቓላትን ሓረጋትን ክጠዓዓም፡ ናብ ረብሓኻ  ክጥምዘዝ’ውን ዘይተፈተነ ኣይኮነን። ገሊኡ “ቀምሽ ኣደይ ሓንኲሉኒ” ዝዓይነቱ መመኽነይታ’ውን ከየስሓቐካ ዘይሓልፍን ከም ዋዛ ዝውሰድን ኢዩ። ብዝኾነ እታ መጽሓፍ ኣብ ሓሙሽተ ዓበይቲ ምዕራፋት ዝተኸፋፈለት ኮይና፡ ብፍላይ ኣብ መወዳእታ ገጻታ፡ ንስርሒት ፈንቅል ዝምልከት ዘቕረበቶ ባዕላዊ መግለጺታት ኣለዋ። እዚ ዝስዕብ፡ ጽማቚ ትርጒም ናይቲ “ዛዛሚ ምዕራፍ ሓይሊ ባሕሪ ኢትዮጽያ” ኣብ ትሕቲ ዝብል ንኡስ ኣርእስቲ ዝሰፈረ ጽሑፍ’ዩ፦ Continue reading Revisiting the Last Chapter of the Ethiopian Navy (1955 – 1990)