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Col. Zerai Mengistu passes away

Veteran fighter Col. Zerai Mengistu who has been receiving medical treatment at Orotta National Referral Hospital in Asmara passed away today at the age of 75.

Asmara, 24 February 2014– Veteran fighter Col. Zerai Mengistu who has been receiving medical treatment at Orotta National Referral Hospital in Asmara passed away today at the age of 75.

The late Col. Zerai was active in the Eritrean Liberation Movement (Haraka) since 1961 and joined the ELF and the Popular Forces in 1964 and 1970 respectively. It is to be noted that he served in the Naval Force 1973 to 1996 where he demonstrated remarkable spirit of self-sacrifice and leadership.

The funeral of the late Col. Zerai, married and father of three, would be conducted tomorrow at Asmara Patriots Cemetery.

The Ministry of Defense, especially the Naval Force, conveys condolence to the family members and companions of the late Colonel Zerai.

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