Eritrea Announces Withdrawal from Ethiopia's Tigray Region

Eritrea's government says it will start pulling its soldiers out of Ethiopia's Tigray region, recognising for the first time the presence of its troops in the war-torn region, Radio France Internationale reports. A letter from Eritrea's ambassador to the United Nations said: "Eritrea and Ethiopia have agreed - at the highest levels - to embark on the withdrawal of Eritrean forces and the simultaneous redeployment of Ethiopian contingents along the international boundary".

The humanitarian crisis in the Tigray is deteriorating, the UN aid chief says. International bodies and NGOs have repeatedly called out atrocities by Ethiopian and Eritrean forces that could amount to war crimes. The United Nations Population Fund and other humanitarian agencies have also raised a red flag over the high number of cases of gender-based violence. The war broke out in November 2020 after the region refused to postpone elections.

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As reports of atrocities by fighters emerge in Tigray, women are struggling to feed their families. The World Food Programme provided urgently needed supplies to more than 28,000 more people on March 29.

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