Fighting between Ethiopian and Eritrean forces continued on Tuesday for the sixth day in a renewed phase of what both parties have described as “heavy fighting” on the Mereb-Setit front near the contested border region of Badme. Eritrea claimed in a statement received by IRIN on Tuesday that about 18,000 enemy soldiers had been killed, wounded or captured since Thursday, and that it had also destroyed five Ethiopian tanks, two MiG-23 fighter jets and one MI-35 helicopter gunship. Ethiopian press spokeswoman Selome Taddesse denied the loss of the two jets and claimed that a total of 8,200 Eritreans had been killed, wounded or captured. Less intensive fighting was also reported on a second front at Bure.
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