150 people have died of starvation in Ethiopia’s Tigray region as the humanitarian crisis worsens in the region, the rebel group says.
The Ethiopian government had previously rejected accusations by the UN that it is blocking aid into the region.
TPLF’s agriculture chief, Atinkut Mezgebo said people and livestock were dying from lack of food and medicines especially women and children. “The crisis might be bigger than what we know,” he added.
According to the UN, at least 100 trucks of food and non-food items must enter the region every day to stay on top of the crisis. But less than 500 trucks have arrived since mid-July.
Some of the deaths, according to the Tigrayan forces occurred in camps hosting people displaced by the ongoing conflict.
The first delivery in two weeks of humanitarian aid to the Tigray province of Ethiopia will last for about seven days and much more support is needed, the World Food Programme said.
With active fighting in bordering Afar and Amhara regions between Tigrayan forces and the army and its allied forces, it’s feared that that 1.7 million people and even more would be in need of aid.