The first reports of ethnic atrocities in western Tigray surfaced in mid-November 2020, some 100 km to the west to the Tekeze River, in a farming town. The UN has spoken of possible war crimes by all sides in Tigray's war.
UN food agency WFP says a total of 5.2 million people in the war-torn region of the country are facing growing levels of malnourishment, especially among women and children.
Top Tigray official Abebe Gebrehiwot says Ethiopian government is telling Tigrayan farmers not to farm and blocking seeds from reaching parts of the northern region.
Eritrea denies allegations of aid obstruction but Abiy government's documents suggest soldiers have been plundering food supplies, stoking fears of starvation deaths, and blocking access to Ethiopian checkpoints.
The admission in a letter to the UN Security Council - and posted online by Eritrea's Ministry of Information - comes a day after UN aid chief Mark Lowcock said the world body had not seen any proof that Eritrean soldiers have withdrawn.
Rights groups and Tigrayan residents have accused Eritrean troops of massacring hundreds of people in villages in the region.
The statement from Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed comes after intense pressure from the UN, US and others to address human rights abuses in crisis-hit Tigray.
Residents in Ethiopia's northern region have told human rights groups and journalists of massacres, widespread sexual violence and indiscriminate killings of civilians by security forces in the region during the conflict.
"We ask international partners, especially the African Union and regional partners, to work with us to address the crisis in Tigray, including through action at the UN and other relevant bodies," US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.
A statement by Ethiopia's minister of Women, Children and Youth marks the first official acknowledgement of crimes activists say have been widespread.
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