Eritrean rebel forces, fighting for independence in their Ethiopian province, say they have retreated in certain parts to turn them into "mobile guerrilla areas".
Eritrean rebel forces, fighting for independence in their Ethiopian province, say they have retreated in certain parts to turn them into "mobile guerrilla areas". A spokesman for the Eritrean People's Liberation Forces, (EPLF), Mr. Midael Kamet, announced this on Wednesday (6 December) at a news conference in the Lebanese capital of Beirut. The day before, (5 December), in Rome, another spokesman told Reuters news agency the offensive of Ethiopian government forces, which he claimed was backed by the Soviet Union and Cuba, had left four thousand seven hundred people dead or seriously wounded and one hundred thousand homeless. The EPLF has appealed to humanitarian organisations for aid to save the homeless from hunger and disease. The organisation says it needs some of the aid for seven and a half thousand Ethiopian prisoners of war it is holding. Ethiopian forces have been pushing towards the guerrillas' mountain camps since taking the town of Keren, the rebels' last stronghold. In Beirut, Mr. Kamet was asked about the recent confrontation.