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picture captionGovernment forces have been battling the Tigray People’s Liberation Front within the area since 4 November

Four assist employees had been killed final month throughout preventing in Ethiopia’s Tigray area, assist businesses say.

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) reported the deaths of three safety guards, whereas the International Rescue Committee (IRC) mentioned certainly one of its workers members had been killed.

Government forces have been battling the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) within the area since 4 November.

The authorities says it’s in command of Tigray and the battle is over.

But TPLF leaders say they’re nonetheless preventing on varied fronts.

Meanwhile, the United States has accused Eritrean forces of getting into Tigray, one thing each Ethiopia and Eritrea deny.

Hundreds, even 1000’s, of individuals are thought to have been killed within the battle, whereas about 50,000 have fled to neighbouring Sudan.

What do we all know in regards to the deaths?

A variety of details about the killings remains to be unclear. The space remains to be underneath a communications blackout so it’s troublesome to confirm data.

The DRC mentioned it was “deeply saddened” over the deaths of three of its guards.

“Sadly, due to the lack of communications and ongoing insecurity in the region, it has not yet been possible to reach their families,” it mentioned.

media captionThree penalties of the continuing disaster in Tigray

The IRC mentioned its member of workers had been killed in Hitsats Refugee Camp in Shire on 19 November, two days earlier than authorities troops took management of the city.

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of our colleague; our in-country staff are the very heart of our work and are key in our ability to provide support and assistance to our clients,” the IRC mentioned in a press release, including that efforts to assemble data continued.

What’s the most recent in Ethiopia?

Ethiopian troops captured Tigray’s capital, Mekelle, from the TPLF on 28 November, however preventing has reportedly continued in elements of the area.

The Ethiopian authorities on Friday denied the battle was stopping assist reaching civilians.

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picture captionAbout 950,000 folks have been displaced

Aid businesses say blocked entry, delays and violence in opposition to workers are stopping assist deliveries to the area.

In response, a press release from the workplace of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed mentioned: “Suggestions that humanitarian assistance is impeded due to active military combat… within the Tigray region [are] untrue.”

Such statements undermine efforts to stabilise the area, it added.

Mr Abiy mentioned final week that federal troops had not killed a single civilian of their offensive on Tigray.

Civilians fleeing preventing in Tigray final month instructed Reuters information company that they’d seen bombing by authorities warplanes, capturing on the streets, and folks being attacked with machetes.

What is the US saying about Eritrea?

The US has referred to as for the withdrawal of Eritrean forces from Tigray. The US believes the Eritrean army – which has discovered widespread trigger with Mr Abiy over the TPLF – entered the area after it got here underneath rocket hearth.

“We are aware of credible reports of Eritrean military involvement in Tigray and view this as a grave development,” a State Department spokesperson mentioned.

“We urge that any such troops be withdrawn immediately.”

Both Ethiopia and Eritrea have denied that Eritrean troops have been concerned in preventing.

Nearly 100,000 Eritrean refugees have been dwelling camps in Tigray. They fled political persecution and obligatory army service, lengthy earlier than the present battle.

Ethiopia’s authorities mentioned on Friday it was returning a lot of “misinformed” Eritrean refugees to Tigray after they’d fled to the capital Addis Ababa – a moved which has alarmed the UN.

What is the battle about?

The battle began on 4 November, when Mr Abiy ordered a army offensive in opposition to regional forces in Tigray.

He mentioned he did so in response to an assault on a army base housing authorities troops in Tigray.

media captionThe BBC’s Anne Soy reviews from a refugee camp on the Sudan-Ethiopian border

The escalation got here after months of feuding between Mr Abiy’s authorities and leaders of Tigray’s dominant political social gathering, the TPLF.

For nearly three a long time, the social gathering was on the centre of energy, earlier than it was sidelined after Mr Abiy took workplace in 2018 within the wake of anti-government protests.

Correction: We have eliminated an inaccurate quote attributed to the UNHCR from this story