|ASMARA" WAS WRITTEN
INSTEAD OF KEREN.
It all started when pupils were having lessons in their class rooms, when troops unexpectedly arrived, and instructed students up to the 6th grade to come out and board the buses. Following the rounding up, 10 buses full of students were seen taking them away to Masawa.
Moreover, married women with no children, and those with children up to the age of 3 years, have also been rounded up in today's government action. Today's rounding up in Keren was reported to be worst than the one in October 2005, both in its rigidity and brutality.
In order to carry out the rounding up quietly, mobile phone networks were disconnected by the government for about 4 hours. Reliable sources have reported that there is a planned 2 more days of intensive rounding up of citizens in the near future.
In a different government action in Asmara, it has been
reported that all those who work in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, whether
they were demobilised or not, have been instructed by the government to
report themselves to Sawa military camp. Instead of announcing the call
through the radio or television networks, the government has chosen to
post these announcements on walls of some streets in Asmara, in an apparent
attempt to hide the bad news and limit public awareness of its actions.