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Major violations at Tigray refugee camps

Major violations at Tigray refugee camps

THERE have been major violations of international law at two refugee camps in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region, according to the U.N.'s refugee agency (UNHCR). It said satellite imagery showed fires burning and fresh signs of destruction at the Shimelba and Hitsats camps for refugees from neighbouring Eritrea, who fled political persecution and compulsory military service before the conflict in Tigray. "These are concrete indications of major violations of international law," Filippo Grandi, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said in a statement. Reuters published satellite images on Tuesday from California-based company Planet Lab Inc that showed destruction in the two camps…
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Food, water running out in Tigray refugee camps – UN

Food, water running out in Tigray refugee camps – UN

STEPHANIE NEBEHAY SOME 24,000 Eritrean refugees are trapped in two camps in Ethiopia's Tigray region, cut off from humanitarian aid, and their food rations may have run out, according to the United Nations. Appealing for access to the Mai Aini and Adi Harush camps, the U.N. refugee agency said there was "a real danger of hunger" if the refugees did not receive supplies. Fighting that began between the Ethiopian central government and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) last November has escalated in and around the camps, and two refugees have been killed this month, it said. "The last food…
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Eritrean forces accused of deliberately starving Tigray

Eritrean forces accused of deliberately starving Tigray

KATHARINE HOURELD and GIULIA PARAVICINI THE northern highlands of Ethiopia became a global byword for famine in the mid-1980s, when drought and conflict combined to create a disaster that killed as many as one million people. Now hunger is stalking the Tigray region again, and a senior UN official alleges that starvation is being used as a weapon of war. More than 350,000 of Tigray's nearly 6 million people are living in famine conditions, according to an analysis by United Nations agencies and global aid groups first reported by Reuters on Thursday. Nearly 2 million others are one step away…
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