"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.
While 80 aid trucks reached Tigray during the week ending Tuesday, badly needed medical supplies "were not allowed," says a report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
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.
Abraha Desta served in that federally-appointed administration as the head of the Bureau of Social Affairs of Tigray. He is the highest-ranking official from the interim administration to be arrested.
Tigray is facing a near-blockade by the Ethiopian government on deliveries of food, fuel and other humanitarian supplies, and children are reportedly dying of famine.
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.
The results from polls, which will not have significant bearing on the balance of power in parliament, are not expected until October 10 at the earliest.
Eritrean government forces and Tigrayan militias have engaged in killings, rape, and other fatal assaults against refugees, says a new HRW report.
Since July 12, 445 aid-carrying trucks have entered Tigray but only 38 have returned, UN officials say, amid rising fears of deaths by starvation in the restive northern region.
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.
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