Dehai News Ethiopia armed clashes displace over 50,000 people, UN Ocha says

Posted by: Berhane Habtemariam

Date: Tuesday, 23 April 2024


Members of the Amhara Special Forces dance in the Lalibela town of the Amhara Region, Ethiopia on January 25, 2022. PHOTO | REUTERS

Tuesday April 23 2024

The number of people displaced by armed clashes from rural areas in the north of Ethiopia has increased to more than 50,000 since April 13, according to local authorities, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (Ocha) said on Monday.

In a situation report issued on Monday, UN Ocha disclosed that most of the displaced people -- mostly women, children, and the elderly -- are still seeking refuge in the towns of Kobo and Sekota in the Amhara region.

The humanitarian situation is dire, with thousands of women and children in need of broad humanitarian support to survive.

Government and humanitarian partners have started providing food and health services, which remain inadequate due to limited resources.

On April 13 and 14, armed clashes occurred in Alamata town in Northern Ethiopia. An undetermined number of casualties were reported, while many civilians reportedly fled towards neighboring Kobo and Sekota, said UN Ocha in a previous report. 

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