Assab is important; not just for Eritrea but for the rest of the Horn of Africa and other states in the region. It is – once more – Ethiopia’s route to the sea. It is also a base from which the UAE carries out its war in Yemen. Yet there is little information about the port and its people.
This article, written during the tragic Ethiopia-Eritrea border war (1998 – 2000) provides some useful insights.
You can read it here: Assab 1999