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Eritrea: 196 prisoners of war and 17 civilians repatriated to Yemen by the ICRC

30-12-1995 News Release 60

Geneva (ICRC) - On 30 December 1995, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) repatriated 213 Yemeni nationals captured by the Eritrean armed forces during the fighting that took place on the Hanish islands in mid-December. An ICRC plane with Red Cross markings made two flights between Asmara, in Eritrea, and Sana'a, in Yemen. On the first flight the wounded and sick were accompanied by an ICRC doctor.

On 24 December an ICRC team had gone to Asmara to make the necessary arrangements. On 28 and 29 December, six delegates, including a doctor, were able to register the civilians and prisoners of war and to talk with each of them privately.

In carrying out this operation, ICRC delegates received the full cooperation of the Eritrean and Yemeni governments.