The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says it has registered more refugees at the Sudanese-Ethiopian border.
More people are crossing from Ethiopia’s Tigray region into eastern Sudan as a result of the clash involving federal and local forces in Tigray.
This violence has reportedly left hundreds dead, thousands displaced, and millions in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.
The country’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, had on 04 November ordered the Ethiopian Defence Forces (EDF) to attack the Tigray Regional Paramilitary Police and militia loyal to the TPLF.
Since the start of the conflict, there have been armed confrontations between federal forces on one side and the Tigray regional forces on the other side.
UNHCR said since early November 2020 more than 56,000 Ethiopian refugees have fled to neighbouring Sudan.
In their bid to support government-led response in Sudan, UNHCR and Commission for Refugees (COR) in Sudan said that they had continued to relocate the refugees from the arrival locations at the border to the designated refugee camps, further inland in Sudan’s Gedaref State.
With the Um Rakuba refugee camp approaching its full capacity, UNHCR and its partners say they want to keep refugees safe and offer them better-living conditions.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) had earlier reported that it was impossible for humanitarians to get vital supplies into Ethiopia’s Tigray region due to the disruption of telephone lines and transport links.
At the time, there were some 600,000 food beneficiaries in the region, about 100,000 internally displaced persons, and some 96,000 refugees, according to OCHA.
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