June 2, 2000 |
Residents returned home to this war-ravaged market town Thursday to a mountain of devastation. Heaps of debris lay strewn in the streets. Building after building stood gutted by tank and artillery fire. Shops along the central avenue were empty shells. Ethiopian forces, which had advanced deep into Eritrea after launching an offensive three weeks ago, withdrew from Barentu on Tuesday, leaving the trail of destruction. "Everything in the town has been looted," said Brig. Gen.