A conflict in Ethiopia northern Tigray region has spilled over its borders on Tuesday as several thousand people fled into neighboring Sudan.
The government of Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed appeared to reject international pleas for dialogue, instead seeking to use force to arrest the leaders of a regional government it regards as illegal and destroy its well-stocked arsenal. Even as the African Union urged an immediate cease-fire, Abiy again vowed the military would bring a speedy end to the fighting.
The flow of refugees was the first visible sign of a growing humanitarian crisis affecting millions of people. Tigray remains almost completely cut off from the world nearly a week after communications were severed and Abiy announced a military offensive in response to an alleged attack on a military base.