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The Ethiopian RevolutionWar in the Horn of Africa$
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Gebru Tareke

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780300141634

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300141634.001.0001

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Massawa: The Denouement

Massawa: The Denouement

(p.291) 10 Massawa: The Denouement
The Ethiopian Revolution

Gebru Tareke

Yale University Press

After its decisive victory in the battle of Af Abet in 1988, it would take almost two years before the Eritrean People's Liberation Front (ELPF) would launch another strategic offensive against the Ethiopian military. In 1990, it captured the city and port of Massawa—its second most important victory. Fired up by their string of victories, the EPLF and Tigray People's Liberation Front vanquished a depleted an evidently demoralized army. Shire opened the way to southern Ethiopia and put the pressure on the Second Revolutionary Army in Eritrea. Meanwhile, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front dealt a blow to the Third Revolutionary Army at Dabre Tabor and headed to the Abay gorge that separates northern and southern Ethiopia. It was there in Massawa that the revolutionary army met its end and the civil wars were consummated.

Keywords:   military, Eritrean People's Liberation Front, Ethiopia, Massawa, Tigray People's Liberation Front, Eritrea, Dabre Tabor, revolutionary army, civil wars

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