in: International review of the Red Cross, Volume 30, Issue S1
ISSN: 1816-3831 (print), 1607-5889 (electronic)
Once again in 1990, northern Ethiopia was the scene of heavy fighting and much human suffering. The armed conflict continued and tension increased during the year. In February, the port of Massawa changed hands after a major battle, leaving Asmara, the capital of Eritrea, dependent on air transport for communications with the rest of the country. Further south, major clashes were reported within 150 kilometres of the capital. Heavy fighting took place near Dessie (Wollo province) and Bahr Dar (a town in northern Gojjam province, near Lake Tana).