Thousands Flee Fighting in Ethiopia's Tigray Region

Some 4,000 people are fleeing to Sudan from Ethiopia’s Tigray region every day, as clashes between Ethiopian federal and Tigray regional forces continue, the UN Refugee Agency has said.

This footage, by the UNHCR, shows refugees in the border town of Hamdayet in eastern Sudan. Some 15,000 people had arrived there by November 13, according to UNHCR Sudan’s assistant representative, Jens Hesemann.

Conflict erupted in Tigray after a reported takeover of an Ethiopian base by regional forces there, prompting Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali to launch a military offensive.

The UNHCR has described the situation as a “full-scale humanitarian crisis,” as thousands of people have fled to neighboring Sudan.

“Women, men and children have been crossing the border at the rate of 4,000 per day since November 10, rapidly overwhelming the humanitarian response capacity on the ground,” said UNHCR spokesman Babar Baloch.

“Refugees fleeing the fighting continue to arrive exhausted from the long trek to safety, with few belongings," he added. Credit: UNHCR via Storyful