Every few months or so, the Ethiopian regime creates a false story about Eritrea in the hopes of deflecting attention from its deteriorating human rights crisis.
Yesterday, the Ethiopian regime, through its proxy the "Red Sea Afar Democratic Organization" (RSADO), claimed two Eritrean pilots defected to Ethiopia using their jet fighter.
As expected, no evidence was provided for such a claim, but that didn't stop the AP, VOA and other mainstream media outlets from reporting on it.
Even the Ethiopian regime declined to comment on it, which is usually a strong indication the story was made up.
One official who did comment on it was Eritrea's information minister, Yemane Ghebremeskal who dismissed the report as "rubbish" to BBC correspondent Mary Harper.
Yemane added that this is not the first time that the Ethiopian-created terrorist group RSADO has made such false allegations about Eritrea.
While this latest allegation of Eritrean air force pilots defecting to Ethiopia is false, defections of Ethiopian air force pilots to Eritrea are common.
Since 2005, over 40 Ethiopian air force pilots and technicians have defected to Eritrea, bringing along with them a number of military aircraft, including the Mi-35 helicopter and MiG 23 jet fighter.