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More than 10,000 people fled Ethiopia conflict to Sudan, official says

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan has received more than 10,000 Ethiopian refugees since the start of an escalating deadly conflict in their country last week, a Sudanese government refugees official said on Wednesday, saying the humanitarian situation was “critical”.

“We are in a very critical humanitarian situation because these numbers, which we expect to increase, are greater than our capabilities, and there is an acute shortage of food, shelter and treatment, and they are in urgent need of help,” Alsir Khaled, from the refugees commission‮‮ ‬‬in eastern Sudan, told Reuters.

Sudan expects more than 200,000 Ethiopians to cross into its eastern state of al-Qadarif in the coming days, state media said, citing sources at the refugee commission.

Hundreds of people have died in fighting and air strikes in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, over the border from al-Qadarif, as Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed wages a military offensive against local leaders defiant of his authority.

Reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz; Writing by Mahmoud Mourad; Editing by Alison Williams