This is the seventh aerial bombardment by Ethiopian forces in the war-hit region this week.
"Some 18,600 children under the age of five in Tigray have been admitted for treatment for severe acute malnutrition from February to August this year compared to 8,900 in 2020, a 100% increase," says UN.
Ethiopia’s national army, alongside special forces of the northern Amhara region, launched a coordinated offensive early on Monday, says a Tigray People’s Liberation Front spokesperson.
The reports of a fresh offensive come despite mounting international criticism of the brutal near 11-month conflict in the north of the country.
Abiy's Prosperity Party scored a landslide win in June elections that federal officials touted as the high-water mark of democratic reforms he initiated upon taking office in 2018.
The seven UN officials have been declared "persona non grata" for "meddling in the internal affairs of the country,” the foreign ministry says in a statement published on its Facebook page.
Ethiopia isn’t a failed state, but it’s critically weak. Despite the aggravated state of near-survival and against the odds, Ethiopians have been resilient.
UN official says that a "de facto aid blockade" was exacerbating the humanitarian crisis in Tigray and that millions of people were on the brink of hunger.
PM Abiy Ahmed calls on citizens to join fight against resurgent Tigrayan forces now pushing beyond their own northern region in nine-month war that has sparked a major refugee crisis.
The ramped-up rhetoric from Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's government played into fears that Ethiopia's widening war could soon become more violent, even as the UN and the US appeal for a ceasefire so that glaring humanitarian needs can be met.
The rebels say the move into new territory is meant to preempt an Ethiopia government blockade that has hindered access to humanitarian aid.
The development came as a senior Amhara official says the rebels, known as the Tigray People's Liberation Front, were pushing "deep" into Amhara territory and hinted at possible retaliation.
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