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Ethiopia and U.N. reach agreement for Tigray aid access

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia and the United Nations reached an agreement on Wednesday to allow aid into government-controlled areas of Tigray region, where federal troops have declared their military operation against local forces over, two U.N. officials said.

Ann Encontre, head of the U.N. refugee agency in Ethiopia, told Reuters the agreement had been signed. A U.N. source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the global body and the government had established a logistics group to ensure access.

The government did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the agreement. Tens of thousands of people are dependent on food aid and uprooted from their homes in Tigray.

Reporting by David Lewis in Nairobi, Addis Ababa newsroom; Writing by Maggie Fick and Andrew Cawthorne