Areas near the Eritrean port of Assab have been the target of bombing raids by the Ethiopian air force since fighting broke out on the eastern front at the weekend. Ethiopian statements have claimed that, in addition to military materiel, a water supply facility at Harsile about 20 km from the town was damaged. An international journalist in Assab yesterday (Tuesday) was shown bomb craters near Harsile, but could not confirm the Ethiopian claims that the water facility, an underground water source and pumping station, had been damaged. Economic activity in Assab is at a very low level, the journalist told IRIN today (Wednesday). The only ships now docking at the port - mainly from the Eritrean port of Massawa,Yemen, Dubai and Saudi Arabia - are delivering supplies for Assab only, shipping sources said.
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