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02 mai 2019 | 05h21 UTC

Ethiopia/Eritrea: Bure-Assab border crossing closed April 22

Eritrea Alerte de sécurité

Bure-Assab border crossing between Eritrea and Ethiopia closed April 22; heightened security presence and disruptions to trade and transport possible over the coming weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 22/4/2019, 12h00 until 31/5/2019, 11h59 (Africa/Asmara). COUNTRY/REGION Ethiopia, Eritrea, Bure-Assab


Eritrea closed the only open border crossing between Ethiopia and Eritrea, at Bure-Assab, on Monday, April 22. According to news sources, the closure occurred only on the Eritrean side. The reason for the closure were not immediately given by authorities from either country. A heightened security presence and disruptions to trade and transport are possible over the coming weeks.


Improved Eritrean/Ethiopian relations led to the opening of border crossing in September 2018. The Bure-Assab crossing is located in disputed Ethiopian and Eritrean territory.


Individuals in the affected area are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid unnecessary travel to border areas as a precaution, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.


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