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A full-scale humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Ethiopia, the UN says

An average of 4,000 women, men and children have crossed the border in East Sudan every day since November 10, the agency said.

A total of more than 27,000 people have already traveled to Sudan at three border crossings, UNHCR spokesman Babar Balok told a news conference in Geneva.

“Refugees fleeing the fighting continue to arrive exhausted from the long transition to safety, with few belongings,” Baloch added. “UNHCR, together with its partners, supports the Sudanese Government in its response, increasing humanitarian assistance at borders as needs continue to grow.”

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abi Ahmed launched a military offensive in the troubled Tigray region on November 4th after accusing his ruling party, the Tigrey People̵
7;s Liberation Front (TPLF), of attacking federal troops in the northern region bordering Eritrea and Sudan.
After declaring that it was “at war” with the TPLF, the federal army has since stepped up its military offensive, launching air strikes as part of the “operational operation” of Prime Minister and Nobel laureate Ahmed, which led to clashes in the area.

The deadline for TPLF forces to lay down their arms has expired, Abbey warned in a Facebook post posted on Tuesday. He also promised to “reintegrate our fellow Ethiopians fleeing to neighboring countries” in a tweet Monday night.

Beyond the border in Sudan, Tigrei refugees arrive exhausted and with little belongings, UNHCR said. There is clean water and toilets in the border town of Hamdaet, but the agency says it is concerned about hygiene as thousands of people continue to arrive daily.

Other humanitarian organizations also distribute relief items, including blankets and bedding, according to UNHCR. The World Food Program provides high-protein biscuits, while hot dishes are distributed by Muslim Aid.

An Ethiopian refugee is holding a child while sitting in a hut at Um Rakuba camp in Sudan's eastern province of Gedaref on November 16.

In Tigrei, a lack of electricity, telecommunications and access to fuel and money is hampering humanitarian efforts and making it difficult to verify information about attacks in the region.

International diplomatic pressure to de-escalate tensions has fallen on deaf ears, and other countries on the continent have begun to express concerns about stability in the region.

Speaking at the State House in Nairobi on Monday, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenya called on the struggles to find “peaceful means to end the crisis”.

He warned against a full-fledged conflict in Tigre, saying Kenya and Ethiopia had long served as “strongholds for regional peace and stability”, the statement said.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni met with Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonen on Monday. In a tweet, he said the focus of their discussion was peace and security in Ethiopia.

“As one of the oldest countries that has not been colonized in Africa, Ethiopia is the pride of the continent,” Museveni said.

Sharon Braithwaite of CNN contributed to this report.

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