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Ethiopia, Eritrea Report Fighting

May 12, 2000

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) _ Ethiopia and Eritrea said heavy fighting broke out early Friday at two points along their common border. The resumption of their two-year border war had been rumored for days in both countries.

Eritrean radio interrupted an Amharic language radio broadcast early Friday to announce that Ethiopia had attacked.

In Addis Ababa, government spokeswoman Salome Tadesse issued a brief statement saying that heavy fighting had broken out at the Badme and Zalambessa fronts.

Her statement did not mention who launched the attack.

The war broke out in May 1998 when Eritrea occupied positions in Badme it claimed were part of its territory.

Ethiopia is scheduled to hold only the second elections in its history Sunday.

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