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.”
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.
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.
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”.
“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.