Emba Soira

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Emba Soira
Emba Soira is located in Eritrea
Emba Soira
Emba Soira
Highest point
Elevation 3,018 m (9,902 ft) [1]
Listing Country high point
Coordinates 14°45′N 39°32′E / 14.750°N 39.533°E / 14.750; 39.533Coordinates: 14°45′N 39°32′E / 14.750°N 39.533°E / 14.750; 39.533
Location Debub Region, Eritrea
Parent range Eritrean Highlands

Emba Soira (also transliterated Sowera) is the highest mountain in Eritrea.[1] Rising 3,018 metres (9,902 ft) above sea level, it is part of the Eritrean Highlands, one side of the Great Rift Valley which cuts through Eritrea and joins the Red Sea. The mountain is situated in the southeastern part of the Debub (Southern) administrative region in central Eritrea.

Emba Soira is reached by a paved road from the city of Senafe, located 135 kilometres south of the national capital Asmara. From there, a very difficult and perilous dirt track heading east for almost 20 kilometres leads to the mountain. The last part must be trekked and takes at least a few hours of travel.

Israeli military listening post[edit]

In mid-2016, press messages based on information from the Eritrean opposition suggested that Israel had completed the construction of a military listening post on the Emba Soira to monitor the movement of the Arab coalition involved in the war in Yemen and to eavesdrop on Iran. The installation would also be aimed at observing the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait and the movement of commercial shipping in the southern Red Sea.[2] In an official press release, the Eritrean Ministry of Information has vehemently denied the existence of this installation, calling it "ludicrous disinformation", "deliberately planted by certain countries and agencies to serve ulterior agendas".[3]


  1. ^ a b "Soira, Eritrea" on Peakbagger.com Retrieved 28 September 2011
  2. ^ Israel completes construction of listening post in Eritrea, Middle East Monitor, 20 June 2016. Accessed on 13 March 2017.
  3. ^ Eritrea: Worn-out Disinformation on Phantom Israeli Bases, Tesfanews, 21 June 2016. Accessed on 13 March 2017.