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see AsebAseb
or Assab
, town (1984 pop. 32,457), Eritrea, on the Red Sea. Ethiopia's most important port before Eritrean independence (1993), it continued, through agreements with Eritrea, to handle much of Ethiopia's foreign trade until the border war with Ethiopia brought
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, Eritrea.



a city and port on the shore of the Red Sea in Ethiopia. Population, 25,000 (1967). It is connected to Addis Ababa by a highway and has an airport. There is trade in cattle, skins, coffee, grain, and oilseeds. Assab has an oil refinery that was built with the help of the Soviet Union. Salt is mined in Assab.

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UAE has reportedly leased Eritrea's port town of Assab for three decades at a cost of $ 500 million to scale up the coalition battle against Houthi militants in Yemen, allegations Asmera denied.
Before, we used Assab and we had a lot of problems - shortages of cranes, delays of shipments and theft.
An Eritrean presidential spokesman said Ethiopian forces launched their offensive against the Red Sea port of Assab.
Los canones comenzaron a tronar a principios de mayo, cuando se abrieron los primeros frentes en el triangulo, en Badme y Shiraro, y, luego, un tercer escenario se desplego a unos 70 kilometros al oeste del puerto eritreo de Assab.
For tools that need to run a long time, buyers can specify harder steels, such as ASSAB 718 HH, a modified P-20 steel with a hardness between Rc 35 and 40.
It has become a challenge just to get the coffee to port at Assab, a 700-mile trip from Addis Ababa requiring costly fuel, trucks that are operational etc.
The Wadi Hilweh Information Center, which is based in East Jerusalemae1/4aos Silwan neighborhood, said, based on reports from Amjad Abu Assab, head of the committee of families of Palestinian prisoners from East Jerusalem in Israeli jails, that police detained Hatem Abdul Qadder, who is in charge of the Jerusalem file in the movement which is headed by President Mahmoud Abbas, and Shadi Mtour, secretary of the movementae1/4aos East Jerusalem branch.
N reports, Eritrea has already leased its port town of Assab to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to establish military bases to ease their coalition battle against Houthi rebels in Yemen.
The Saudi-led coalition has prepared all military plans for this purpose, including using Assab military base in Eritrea's port city of Assab which is one of the locations for conducting joint military operations with the US and Israel and also a military base for the military and logistic operations of the Saudi army," the source added.
In al-'Eesawiyya town, in occupied Jerusalem, the Israeli soldiers invaded and violently searched many homes, and later on kidnapped seven Palestinians identified as Qathaf Abu Rajab, Nadim Obeid, Shadi Dirbas, Mo'men Mahmoud, 15, Hamza Abu Rmeila, Yazan Abu Assab, 14, and Mo'tasem Abu Assan, 24.
Hassan Benzerari, le heros de la celebre serie [beaucoup moins que] Assab oua aoutar [beaucoup plus grand que], est distribue dans deux œuvres.