UN warns of famine, further escalation in Ethiopia Tigray Conflict

Written by on July 3, 2021


UN officials say recent fighting in the Tigray region of Ethiopia has resulted in a famine that is now affecting more than 400,000 people.


In its first public meeting on the crisis, members of the UN Security Council warned that as many as 33,000 children were severely malnourished.


Officials said that a further 1.8 million people were on the brink of famine as a result of the eight-month conflict.


They also warned of further clashes despite the declaration of a ceasefire.

The Ethiopian government, which has been fighting regional forces in Tigray, declared a unilateral ceasefire on Monday.

However, rebels vowed to drive their enemies from the region and there have been reports of sporadic clashes as pressure builds internationally for all sides in the conflict to pull back.


The fighting between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and government forces has already left thousands of people dead and more than two million people have been displaced.

Credit: BBC


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