Eritrea – What Is an Expensive, Idyllic Resort Doing in Eritrea?

April 4, 2013

Israel might have used one of the islands for signals intelligence aimed at intercepting Iranian weapons shipments ; in a reversal of sorts, the Iranians are now thought to be supplementing the Jewish state in their use of some of the most strategically-located real estate in the greater Middle East.

There isn’t much going on in Dahlak Kebir, so long as you discount a Human Rights Watch report, and various corroborating evidence , about the island being home to a secret prison camp for political dissidents. Ignore that, and little else seems to be hidden away on Kebir, save for a few archeological sites, a dilapidating runway, some mostly-unpaved roads, and miles of untouched coastline. It is a remote place made all the more so by Eritrea’s political isolation: the country has feuded or warred with most of its neighbors, most notably Ethiopia, which still has a close, cooperative relationship with Europe and the United States. Click here to read full text (the Atlantic)


One comment on “Eritrea – What Is an Expensive, Idyllic Resort Doing in Eritrea?

  1. “More recently, Vincent says that Qatar has explored possible upgrades to the port and oil refinery in Assab..”

    Why the hurry? Assab area should be a no go zone until the the border dispute between Ethiopia and ‘Eritrea’ is settled.

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