November 11, 2009
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Eritrea has a deserved reputation as an arms depot for various radical and rebel groups around the world. Sri Lanka’s government has accused Eritrea of providing arms to the recently defeated LTTE rebels (who fought for over two decades to partition the island nation). Now an Eritrean dissident is accusing Eritrea of supplying rebels in Yemen with weapons and ammo.
Sure, it is an accusation, but the charge likely has merit. Eritrea has made noises for several years that it could close access through the Red Sea, and having allies across the water in Yemen would make that act easier. Specifically, Eritrea is charged with shipping to Houthi (Shia tribal) rebels in Yemen. The weapons come from Iran to Eritrea. Then the weapons are shipped on small boats over to Yemen.