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Ethiopia, Eritrea Swap War Prisoners

December 24, 2000|From Times Wire Reports

Ethiopia and Eritrea exchanged prisoners of war, commencing a two-day operation in which more than 700 sick or wounded men will return home, said an official of the International Committee of the Red Cross. A plane chartered by the Red Cross began ferrying the POWs between the two nations' capitals, said Alain Aeschlimann, the organization's Ethiopia chief. He said 226 Eritreans had been returned to their capital, Asmara, while 90 Ethiopians returned to their capital, Addis Ababa.

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