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In the subsequent weeks, fighting also erupted in three other border localities more to the east: Altena, Zalambessa, and Burt, south of the port city of Asseb.
Eritrea held back all goods in the port of Asseb destined for Ethiopia, to a value of tens of millions of dollars, and Ethiopia diverted all its shipping for Massawa and Asseb to Djibouti port, and threatened to block other ships from docking in the Eritrean ports.
In fact, massive expulsion of Ethiopians in Eritrea already started in 1991 and led to at least 50,000 people (traders, workers in the port of Asseb and in industry and services, Ethiopian army personnel and government administrators) being sent out without any of their possessions.