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    The Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF) announced in Damascus, Syria on Saturday (1 February) that they have launched a full-scale attack on main Ethiopian cities, including Asmara, capital of Eritrea Province.

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    SV Mr. Omar Alim spokesman for ELF speaking.
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    Background: The Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF) announced in Damascus, Syria on Saturday (1 February) that they have launched a full-scale attack on main Ethiopian cities, including Asmara, capital of Eritrea Province.

    An ELF spokesman, Mr. Omar Alim, said the attack was directed at military targets and against the Ethiopian Army Command to weaken preparations aimed at civilians and designed to provoke "massacre and a new war of annihilation" in Eritrea.

    However, he repeated the Front's readiness to hold negotiations on a political settlement based on the right of self-determination and independence for Eritrea.

    The Front has been fighting for Eritrea's independence since 1963, when the former Italian Colony was integrated into Ethiopia as a province.

    Meanwhile, in Ethiopia, 16 people were reported killed in fighting between secessionist guerrillas and army units in the outskirts of Asmara on Friday (31 January).

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEJM2LK9TKNNNY811HBMUL32WN
    Media URN:
    VLVAEJM2LK9TKNNNY811HBMUL32WN
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/02/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:57:00
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