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Davies said the s of displaced people could not be accurately verified, because the situation was "very fluid" and people were still on the move. Many people were hiding in hills and mountains, where aid agencies had no access; an estimated 50, were gathered in pockets south of Tesseney, along the Sudanese border.
These displaced are in the path of the route south for withdrawing Ethiopian troops and consequently extremely vulnerable, said humanitarian sources. The UN is working on a planning figure ofdisplaced people. Eritrean radio reported that Ethiopian troops were in the towns of Guluj and Om Hajer, a major route for the displaced. Movement of people was continuing, Davies said, with some people returning briefly to their villages, mainly to collect belongings or search for missing relatives.
Others were on the move in search of food. She said there was concern that camps were mushrooming rapidly and "full to bursting". People were still arriving in the three main camps at Hariena, near Debarwa, south of Asmara, the nearby camp of Salina, and at Debat, north of Keren. Some 8, people arrived in Hariena camp on Monday, bringing the total there to 48, and 51, mainly from the Barentu region, are at Debat.
Humanitarian sources told IRIN that overcrowding was a serious problem at all the camps, which were filled to capacity. Medical agencies were concerned about deteriorating health conditions. Children are playing in a muddy river, where people were also washing clothes and watering cattle. Although there are no serious outbreaks of disease so far, there are growing s of cases of respiratory infections and diarrhoea. If rains come, as expected, in the next two weeks when thousands remain without shelter "you will have a much bigger risk of infection" Davies said.
Renewed fighting between Ethiopian and Eritrean forces in western Eritrea led to a fresh wave of refugees crossing the border into Sudan on Monday. The new arrivals in Sudan included at least two wounded civilians, the first recorded by UNHCR since the fighting began on 12 May, indicating that the refugees had been caught up in the actual fighting, rather than fleeing ahead of it.
The spokesman said gunfire and shelling was clearly audible on the Sudanese side of the border throughout the day. The agency had earlier reported that thousands of displaced Eritreans had congregated in pockets along the Sudanese border, ready to cross if fighting d.
WFP put the of such people at around Salina radio eritrea, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs told humanitarian agencies on Monday that 68 civilians in Eritrea had been killed, and wounded as a result of Ethiopian air raids and shelling since 17 May. Recent civilian casualties included Ethiopian attacks on civilian populations in the sub-zones of Adi Kwala, Adi Keyih, and around Tsorena, southern Eritrea, said a government statement. Deaths and injuries to civilians were also reported in recent air attacks on Irafayle and Hargigo power plant in Salina radio eritrea Eritrea, and at Asmara International airport.
The statement also complained of "widescale destruction of non-military government institutions by retreating Ethiopian troops". It is the first government-issued statement on civilian casualties of war. Tessenai, western Eritrea, was recaptured from Ethiopian troops on Monday after a day of battle, an Eritrean Foreign Ministry statement claimed on Tuesday.
It said Tessenai, near the Sudan border, had been under Ethiopian control for 10 days despite claims by the Ethiopian government that it had withdrawn its troops from western Eritrea. Ethiopian troops had not withdrawn but instead had proceeded to "fan out to loot and destroy satellite towns and villages in the area" said the Eritrean statement. The cotton plantation site of Ali Gidir, within eight kilometres of Tessenai, had been vandalized and all new processing machinery "detonated" by the Ethiopian army, said the statement. The Eritrean government said Ethiopia's aim was to prevent the return of some 40, displaced civilians from returning to the area in order to "disrupt agricultural production during the critical month of June when the rains are due".
Over 60 percent of Eritrea's agricultural produce comes from the western part of the country, said the statement. Fourteen children were trampled to death on Monday at the Mega Amphitheatre in Addis Ababa, during a memorial for victims of the Eritrean bombing of a school in Mekele innews agencies reported.
Fifty-three children were also injured in the stampede, set off when a crowd pushed to get out of a rain storm, government radio reported. The official radio of the ruling Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front said 2, children had gathered and were lined up at the Amphitheatre. An investigation is underway, said the radio report. Humanitarian sources in Addis Ababa said the politically-motivated celebrations went "horribly wrong" for the government. All Ethiopian schools were closed on Monday in remembrance of 35 victims, mostly children, of the June bombing of the school in Mekele, Salina radio eritrea Ethiopia.
It has ordered local election offices to oversee another election within 20 days from the date of the announcement, made on 2 June. The board said it had ordered criminal investigations into district and ward officials, police, election executives and individuals alleged to be involved in irregularities. Southern opposition parties, led by Beyane Petros, complained of irregularities and violence in the elections, which were reported widely, including on state media.
Diplomatic sources in Addis Ababa told IRIN that Salina radio eritrea from the government - "and its affiliates" - tried to disrupt the vote, but that complaints had been taken very seriously by the election board. No date has been publicly set for elections delayed in the Somali region because of drought and floods, but it is expected to take place some time in August. Sections of Ethiopia's private press monitored by the Information Digest Addis Ababa have expressed doubt over the government's claim that the war with Eritrea is over, and the army defeated.
It says with such a threat "we cannot fully engage in peaceful development nor feel totally secure". It says victory can only be complete with "the removal of the war-mongering leaders" of Eritrea. He told journalists that Eritrea "is now in no position to carry out further offensives". Authorities in north-eastern Somalia's self-declared autonomous region of Puntland have told aid agencies to use the police force for protection, and to stop hiring armed militia men, reports AFP.
Foreign aid organisations using hired militia would be fined, a security officer in Puntland's interior ministry told AFP. Weapons found in the hands of guards hired by aid agencies would be confiscated. Foreign aid organisations have relied on local armed escorts for personal and organisational security Salina radio eritrea the early 90s. Bossaso, capital of Puntland, has trained and maintained a police Salina radio eritrea, and has experienced relative peace compared to other areas of Somalia.
Mohamed Absire Musa, one of Puntland's leaders, was a former police chief before the fall of Mohamed Siad Barre's government in Humanitarian sources told IRIN that agencies were considering the proposal, and it would be discussed with Puntland authorities. The UN "reminded the Puntland authorities of UN and international organisation privileges" and got a positive response, said a UN source.
Somalia's first officially recognised meat market opened last month in Abu Dhabi, after Dubai's municipality decided it could accept unlicenced meat with assurances from the UN and its international and local partners. Somalia, a major livestock producing country, has been unable to officially export meat since the collapse of government in because of the absence of a national licensing system. With funding, slaughter houses were built in Galkaiyo and Mogadishu. Sheep, goat and camel meat used to be exported to the Arab States, but, without government licences, exporters only had an illegal option of sending livestock for slaughtering through Djibouti.
Despite a positive report, the absence of a government licensing system led to a refusal by the Technical Committee of the Emirates in August to allow Somali meat to be imported. A visit by UNDP to meet the Secretary-General of the Municipality in October facilitated an agreement that UNDP could provide technical assistance to meat exporters and veterinaries to allow them to establish a system of acceptable certification.
Gian Paulo Aloe told IRIN that with the opening up of the meat market, meat export has been put "on the top of the agenda" by the Somali business community, and will be a focus for UNDP as a means to assist and develop Somalia. Celebrations were held in Port Sudan on Monday to mark the first export of Sudanese benzine, reported Sudanese state television.
Minister of Energy and Mining Dr Awad Ahmad al-Jaz said that Sudanese benzine would be exported through the export pipeline and the export terminal of Basha'ir in Port Sudan, and that revenue would be used for "reconstruction and development". According to state television, benzine and petrol would be sold in the Red Sea State "at half the price they were going for in Khartoum State".
For further information, free subscriptions, or to change your keywords, contact e-mail: irin ocha. If you re-print, copy, archive or re-post this item, please retain this credit and disclaimer. Reposting by commercial sites requires written IRIN permission. About 1, of these had been absorbed by the local community; the remainder were at a local school, sleeping in classroom and corridors or under tarpaulins. SOMALIA: Puntland tells aid agencies to stop hiring militia men Authorities in north-eastern Somalia's self-declared autonomous region of Puntland have told aid agencies to use the police force for protection, and to stop hiring armed militia men, reports AFP.
SOMALIA: First recognised meat market opened since Somalia's first officially recognised meat market opened last month in Abu Dhabi, after Dubai's municipality decided it could accept unlicenced meat with assurances from the UN and its international and local partners.Salina radio eritrea
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