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Ethiopian Airlines Refutes Accusations of Transporting Arms

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopian Airlines has refuted accusations that it has allegedly engaged in transporting war armament.

Ethiopian said this on Friday in a response to allegations recently circulated on social media platforms.

The airlines said some individuals are using photoshopped and unrelated pictures to make the accusation which, it said, is “reckless” and “factually incorrect”.

“The airlines strongly refutes all the recent baseless and unfounded allegations by some individuals regarding the airlines’ involvement in transporting war armament,” Ethiopian said in a statement posted on its official Facebook page.

The statement also underlines that the airlines “has not transported any weapons to any parts of Ethiopia and has never been requested to perform such services”.

Ethiopian, Africa’s largest carrier, prides itself as a pan African airline that connects the continent with the rest of the world and providing much-needed inter Africa connectivity.

This has been proven in its continued services during the unprecedented global pandemic crisis.

The airlines has helped save lives both by transporting PPE and the vaccines for which it has received recognition and appreciation by various countries and heads of governments, the statement says.

As a result, the airline said it has developed “a very strong brand” not only in Africa but also in the rest of the world.

Ethiopian said “irresponsible and reckless individuals” have used social media to tarnish the high reputation of the airline and defame its brand.

“We reiterate that Ethiopian Airlines has never carried any war armament either in its international or domestic network,” the airlines said, describing the accusations are “misleading and reckless defamations”.

Ethiopian is Africa’s largest airline in terms of passengers carried, destinations served, fleet size and revenue.

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