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Vol 39 No 15

Published 24th July 1998


Arms cargo crash

Reports that both sides in the Ethiopian- Eritrean border war are rearming have dented hopes of success for Organisation of African Unity proposals for a ceasefire, a monitoring team and negotiations. We hear a Ukrainian Ilyushin Il-76 cargo plane, which crashed near Asmara on 17 July killing its ten-member crew, was carrying about ten tonnes of light weapons for Eritrea's army. This was one of nine arms supply flights out of Burgos, Bulgaria. So far, about 46t. of weapons at a cost of some US$50 million have been delivered to Asmara by this route. Bystanders speak of a series of secondary explosions after the crash.

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