Otago Daily Times

Thou­sands flee­ing Ethiopia

- BAD MIS­TAKE Disasters · Politics · Ethiopia · Khartoum · Sudan · Kassala · Tigray · Abiy Ahmed · Abiy Addi

KHAR­TOUM: More than 6000 Ethiopi­ans are known to have en­tered Su­dan as they flee fight­ing in their home coun­try and many more are ex­pected to cross the bor­der, Su­dan’s state news agency Suna re­ported yes­ter­day.

More than 200,000 peo­ple were forecast to ar­rive from Ethiopia in the Su­danese state of al­Qadarif in com­ing days, Suna said, cit­ing sources at Su­dan’s refugee com­mis­sion.

The re­port said camps at a safe dis­tance from the bor­der would need to be set up for the flee­ing Ethiopi­ans, due to a lack of ba­sic ser­vices in the area.

‘‘The num­ber is in­creas­ing around the clock,’’ Al­sir Khaled, an of­fi­cial from the refugee com­mis­sion in the state of Kas­sala, said. ‘‘These peo­ple need shel­ter and med­i­cal treat­ment and food, and there is a great short­age.’’

‘‘If the con­flict con­tin­ues, we ex­pect an in­crease in the flow of refugees,’’ Khaled said.

Hun­dreds have died in fight­ing and air strikes in Ethiopia’s north­ern Tigray re­gion as Ethiopian Prime Min­is­ter Abiy Ahmed wages a mil­i­tary of­fen­sive against lo­cal lead­ers de­fi­ant of his au­thor­ity. — Reuters

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