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Eritrea / Ethiopia: 194 Ethiopian civilians repatriated

24-10-2003 News Release 03/135

On 24 October, 194 Ethiopian civilians were repatriated from Eritrea under ICRC auspices. The group, which included 10 children being reunited with their families, crossed the border on a bridge over the Mereb river between the towns of Adi Quala, on the Eritrean side, and Rama, in Ethiopia.

On the first leg of their journey, the returnees were accompanied by ICRC delegates based in Eritrea. Once across the river, they were met by ICRC staff working in Ethiopia, before being placed in the care of the Ethiopian authorities. Volunteers from the Ethiopian Red Cross Society and the Red Cross Society of Eritrea also took part in the operation, handing out food and water.

The ICRC will continue to assist people affected by the 1998-2000 armed conflict between Eritrea and Ethiopia and will strive to ensure compliance with the rules and principles of international humanitarian law, in particular the 1949 Geneva Conventions.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Marçal Izard, ICRC Asmara, tel. ++2911 181 130 or 181 164