A spokesman for the Eritrean People's Liberation Front has claimed that two top-ranking Soviet generals and Cuban personnel are supporting the Ethiopian government in its war against Eritrean rebels.
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CU Amdemicael Kahsai, member of central committee of EPLF speaking in English (3 shots)
KAHSAI: "The military junta has now started the second phase of the offensive on November the 18th and (indistinct) there have been bombardment of the countryside, the primary targets being the farms, schools and hospitals with the use of napalm and cluster bombs. And because of this bombardment many people have been forced to flee to the Sudan and many others are displaced in the countryside, especially in the occupied city of Eritrea, because of the lack of food and medicines, over half of the people have fled to the countryside. For the total period o the struggle the Soviet Union and the Cubans stood on the side of the Eritrean people in their struggle for national independence. Presently the Soviet Union and the Cubans have gone beyond that of giving political and diplomatic support to the fascist junta, and are directly involved in the war against the Eritrean people. In this second phase of the strategic offensive and after the failure of the Ethiopian regime to achieve military success two high-ranking Soviet generals, one of the air force and one of the infantry, ..... two hundred high-ranking officers and other people, the Cubans, the Cubans are aiding directly, and are directly involved in coordinating the war at all levels."
On November 23rd, Addis Ababa Radio reported that government troops had re-opened Eritrea's outlet to the sea. The radio said a two day drive dislodged guerrillas from the road between Asmara, the provincial capital, and the Red Sea port of Massawa.
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Background: A spokesman for the Eritrean People's Liberation Front has claimed that two top-ranking Soviet generals and Cuban personnel are supporting the Ethiopian government in its war against Eritrean rebels. At a news conference in Italy, Amdemicael Kahsai, a member of the E.P.L.F.'s central committee, also maintained that napalm and cluster bombs were being used against the Eritreans.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Kahsai told reporters in Rome that the Ethiopian government as stepping up its military efforts against the rebels: