Refugees cross the Ethiopia-Sudan border following an escalation in fighting in northern Ethiopia between Tigray forces and the federal government, Friday, November 13.
Most have crossed at Hamdayet border point in Kassala State, with very little belongings and some described being under attack even as they fled.
Over 25,000 Ethiopian refugees have fled the Tigray region into neighboring Sudan, amid reports that Ethiopia’s rebellious Tigray region has confirmed firing missiles at neighboring Eritrea’s capital and is threatening more.
The leader of Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region confirmed Sunday that his forces fired missiles at Eritrea’s capital, Asmara, and threatened more attacks, saying “we will take any legitimate military target and we will fire."
On Tuesday, the regional president, who is also the leader of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, accused Eritrea of sending troops across the border in support of Ethiopian government forces, which Eritrea’s Foreign Minister Osman Saleh Mohammed denied.
Hundreds have been killed since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent the national defense force into Tigray on Nov. 4, after accusing local forces there of attacking a military base.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy is blaming the massacre on forces loyal to the Tigray region’s government, which his administration regards as illegal after a months-long falling-out.