Civilians at risk in Ethiopia’s Tigray war
14 November 2020 | 6:52 am
Federal forces now control the northwestern part of Tigray. As the government mobilizes resources to step up the fighting, humanitarian organizations are increasingly worried about civilians trapped in the conflict.
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