Eritrean–Ethiopian border conflict

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Eritrean–Ethiopian border conflict
Eritrean–Ethiopian War Map 1998.png
Territory claimed by both sides of the conflict
Date6 May 1998 – 9 July 2018
(20 years, 2 months and 3 days)[1]
LocationEritrea-Ethiopia border
Badme ceded to Eritrea
 Eritrea  Ethiopia
Casualties and losses
70,000[2]–80,000[3] killed (1998–2000)

The Eritrean–Ethiopian border conflict was a violent standoff between Eritrea and Ethiopia as part of the violence in the Horn of Africa. This included sporadic clashes of their militaries, some of which took part in the larger Second Afar Insurgency. The border conflict had been ongoing since the Eritrean–Ethiopian War of 1998–2000, and included multiple clashes with numerous casualties, such as the 2016 Tserona clashes. Ethiopia eventually stated in 2018 that it would cede Badme to Eritrea, which effectively ended the twenty-year conflict. The two countries formally ended the conflict at the 2018 Eritrea–Ethiopia summit on 9 July 2018, by signing a joint agreement to resume peaceful diplomatic relations.[4][5]


Eritrea achieved independence from Ethiopia in 1993, following a long armed struggle.[2] The two countries fought again between 1998 and 2000 over the disputed territory of Badme, costing an estimated 70,000[2] to 80,000[3] lives.


Sporadic clashes over the border between Ethiopia and Eritrea had been occurring since the start of the Eritrean–Ethiopian War in 1998. Conflict deepened in 2012, when Ethiopia launched an offensive into Eritrean-held territory. Three camps were attacked, and a number of people were killed or captured in the process.[3] Several weeks prior to the offensive, Ethiopia blamed Eritrea for supporting the Ethiopian rebels, who staged a January 2012 raid in the northern Afar Region that killed five Western tourists.[3]

In June 2016, Eritrea claimed 200 Ethiopian soldiers were killed and 300 wounded in a battle at Tsorona.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ethiopia, Eritrea officially end war". Deutsche Welle. July 9, 2018. Retrieved July 9, 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c d Samuel Gebre (June 16, 2016). "Eritrea Says It Killed 200 Ethiopian Troops in Border Clash". Retrieved July 9, 2018. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Ethiopia 'launches military attack inside Eritrea'". BBC. March 15, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2018. 
  4. ^ "Ethiopia, Eritrea officially end war". Deutsche Welle. Retrieved 9 July 2018. 
  5. ^ "Ethiopia's Abiy and Eritrea's Afewerki declare end of war". BBC. Retrieved 9 July 2018.