1. Home
  2. Africa
  3. East Africa
  4. Eritrea

Eritrea claims a lull in ground war

“Serious fighting ended on Monday,” a spokeswoman for the Eritrean US embassy told IRIN today. Another Eritrean spokesman told journalists in Asmara the Ethiopian offensive had “run out of steam”. However, an Ethiopian spokeswoman this morning told AFP that fighting continued. Egypt, Yemen, Japan and the USA are among many countries appealing for a ceasefire in the conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea which flared up on Saturday. The UN Security Council was expected to pass a new resolution later on Wednesday, UN sources said. Two diplomatic sources told IRIN that dual threats of terrorism and possible conflict-related insecurity would lead to a US announcement later today on the withdrawal of non-emergency diplomatic staff and dependents from Ethiopia.

This article was produced by IRIN News while it was part of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Please send queries on copyright or liability to the UN. For more information: https://shop.un.org/rights-permissions

Share this article
Join the discussion

Hundreds of thousands of readers trust The New Humanitarian each month for quality journalism that contributes to more effective, accountable, and inclusive ways to improve the lives of people affected by crises.

Our award-winning stories inform policymakers and humanitarians, demand accountability and transparency from those meant to help people in need, and provide a platform for conversation and discussion with and among affected and marginalised people.

We’re able to continue doing this thanks to the support of our donors and readers like you who believe in the power of independent journalism. These contributions help keep our journalism free and accessible to all.

Show your support as we build the future of news media by becoming a member of The New Humanitarian. 

Become a member of The New Humanitarian

Support our journalism and become more involved in our community. Help us deliver informative, accessible, independent journalism that you can trust and provides accountability to the millions of people affected by crises worldwide.