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James Tweedie. Sputnik International
The nine-month civil war centered on Ethiopia’s Tigray region has claimed thousands of lives and displaced more than a million people, with the US government aid agency estimating nearly a million people at risk of death. imminent famine.
Ethiopian ethnic separatist rebels looted warehouses filled with food aid provided by the United States and intended to starve people in the north.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) said on Tuesday that the Popular Front for the Liberation of Tigray (TPLF) had raided its warehouses in the Amhara region in the past three weeks.
After regaining control of the Tigray region from the Ethiopian army in July, the TPLF invaded neighboring regions of Amhara and Afar, displacing hundreds of thousands of residents.
“We have evidence that several of our warehouses have been looted and completely emptied in areas, particularly in Amhara, where TPLF soldiers have entered,” USAID Ethiopia director Sean Jones told the channel. national television station EBC.
“I think the TPLF has been very opportunistic,” he added.
According to USAID, some 900,000 people in Tigray are already starving, and up to 5 million more are in need of assistance.
The charge was different from last week, when the US agency claimed the government was blocking aid to Tigray and warned that its staff would soon run out of food to distribute for the first time in the nine. months of civil war.
The United States did not remain neutral in the conflict, however, imposing unilateral sanctions on Ethiopia and neighboring Eritrea in May.