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Eritrea/Ethiopia: Over 150 Ethiopian civilians repatriated

01-03-2004 News Release 04/25

On 27 February, 155 Ethiopian civilians returned to their country from Eritrea under ICRC auspices.

They crossed the border   on a bridge over the Mereb River between the towns of Adi Quala, on the Eritrean side, and Rama, in Ethiopia. Those repatriated included seven minors, three people in need of medical care, an elderly blind person, and a person using a prosthetic limb, all of whom are now back with their families.

Accompanied on the first leg of their journey by ICRC delegates based in Eritrea, the group was met at the crossing point by Ethiopia-based ICRC staff before being placed in the care of the Ethiopian authorities. Volunteers from the Ethiopian Red Cross Society and an ambulance from the Red Cross Society of Eritrea also took part in the operation.

The ICRC will continue to assist people affected by the recent armed conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea 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:  

 Carlo Piccinini, ICRC Asmara, tel. ++ 2911 181 164  

 Layla Berlemont, ICRC Addis Ababa, tel. ++2511 518 366