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U.N. Says It Plans For 200,000 Ethiopian Refugees In Sudan

U.N. Says It Plans For 200,000 Ethiopian Refugees In Sudan

U.N. agencies are planning for the possible arrival of 200,000 refugees in Sudan fleeing violence in Ethiopia over a sixmonth period, a U.N. refugee agency official said on Friday.

GENEVA: U.N. agencies are planning for the possible arrival of 200,000 refugees in Sudan fleeing violence in Ethiopia over a six-month period, a U.N. refugee agency official said on Friday.

Hundreds, possibly thousands, of people have died since Ethiopian government troops launched a war two weeks ago in northern Tigray state against regional authorities they accused of staging a surprise attack on federal forces.

Thousands of refugees have fled, some crowding into boats to cross a river to Sudan, overwhelming aid groups positioned on the other side.

“Together with all the agencies we have built a response plan for about 20,000 people and currently we are at about 31,000 so it has already surpassed that figure,” Axel Bisschop told a Geneva briefing. “The new planning figure is around 200,000.”

UNICEF’s Sudan-based representative Abdullah Fadil said there were concerns about disease spreading amongst the crowds, of whom nearly half are children.

U.N. agencies are seeking $50 million in immediate funding which will go towards providing food and setting up new camps.

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