United Nations agencies and aid groups estimate some 350,000 people in Ethiopia’s conflict-torn Tigray region are in famine conditions. Millions more across Tigray required "urgent food and agriculture/livelihoods support to avert further slides towards famine."
"Levels of food insecurity and malnutrition are at alarming levels," U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said, adding there had been reports of starvation among displaced people, while there was a severe need for food in northwest Tigray after the burning or looting of harvests.
The Ethiopian government disputes the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis.
The United Nations said there had been reported incidents of denial of the movement of aid and the interrogation, assault and detention of humanitarian workers at military checkpoints, along with looting and confiscation of humanitarian assets and supplies by the parties to the conflict.
The violence in Tigray has killed thousands of people and forced more than 2 million from their homes in the mountainous region of more than 5 million.