A border dispute between Eritrea and Ethiopia escalated in May 1998 into a major military confrontation that immediately caused the displacement of an estimated 100,000 Eritreans (USCR 1999, p.64). Renewed fighting during 1999 made the total number of IDPs reach 266,200 by the end of the year (UN January 2000, p.2).
31 October 2001 | Country Profile
A border dispute between Eritrea and Ethiopia escalated into a major military confrontation in May 1998, causing the displacement of an estimated 100,000 Eritreans from the border areas (USCR 1999, p.64). Renewed fighting in February 1999 caused a new wave of displacement (RI 25 June 1999, SCF August 1999), bringing the total number of IDPs to 266,200 by the end of 1999. On 12 May 2000, Ethiopia initiated a major military offensive deep into Eritrea that led to a flow of people fleeing artillery and aerial bombardments, and forced the original IDP population to flee even further from the border.
02 March 2001 | Country Profile