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Eritrea observes Fenkil Day

10 Feb 2021  Wed

On February 10, Eritrea observes Fenkil Day. This observance commemorates the Second Battle of Massawa, also known as the Fenkil Offensive which was one of the most important battles of the Eritrean War for Independence.

The Eritrean War for Independence started on September 1, 1961. In 1970, a group of left-wing intellectuals founded the Eritrean People's Liberation Front (EPLF), an armed organization that struggled for the country's independence. On February 8, 1990, the EPLF forces began the offensive against the Ethiopian army near the city of Massawa. On the third day, the EPLF forces captured the city.

To commemorate this achievement Eritrea Post issued a set of 3 stamps in the year 2004, on the occasion of 14th Anniversary of the Liberation of Massawa. The stamps come with the denominations of 3Eritrean nakfa, 3Eritrean nakfa, and 4Eritrean nakfa depicting different aspects of the Fenkil Operation.

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