Song, dance and tears as Ethiopian flight lands in Eritrea

Passengers carrying Ethiopian and Eritrean flags celebrate on the tarmac upon their arrival at the Asmara International airport, on July 18, 2018. Ethiopia and Eritrea on July 18, 2018, resumed commercial airline flights for the first time in two decades, with emotions spilling over into the aisles and onto the tarmac as families were reunited. PHOTO | MICHAEL TEWELDE | AFP

What you need to know:

  • As the Ethiopians left the airport, they exchanged tearful hugs with long-lost family members.

  • An Ethiopian journalist — one of a large contingent of press permitted to visit the isolated nation — was reunited with his two daughters who were so overwhelmed they sat sobbing on the curb of the airport car park.

  • Nearby, Eritrean Kahsay Negusse watched his weeping wife embrace Yemane, a long-separated cousin who had just arrived from Addis Ababa.

  • "This is really wonderful," he said.

ASMARA,

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