From: Berhane Habtemariam (Berhane.Habtemariam@gmx.de)
Date: Thu Dec 04 2008 - 10:02:49 EST
Ethiopia: ICRC Repatriates 718 Civilians
4 December 2008
Addis Abeba - The International Committee of the Red Cross last week repatriated 693 persons from Eritrea to Ethiopia.
Another 25 civilians were also repatriated from Ethiopia to Eritrea under the same operation.
ICRC said it carried out this repatriation based on the consent of each individual and with the cooperation of the authorities.
At the crossing point at Mereb River, located between the towns of Adi Quala in Eritrea and Rama in Ethiopia, the group was met by ICRC delegates based in Ethiopia, before being placed in the care of the Ethiopian authorities.
Likewise, ICRC delegates based in Ethiopia accompanied the civilians going to Eritrea to the border, where they were met by ICRC delegates based in Eritrea, before being placed in the care of the Eritrean authorities.
The ICRC has assisted people affected by the 1998- 2000 armed conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea regarding their repatriation since June 2000.
It also strives to ensure compliance with the rules and principles of International Humanitarian Law; in particular, the Geneva Conventions of 1949.
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