UK ambassador to Ethiopia calls for ceasefire in Tigray
UK ambassador Alastair McPhail visited the war-torn region in northern Ethiopia last week and said he was "deeply concerned by the state of the conflict" in a video on social media.
The ambassador said an immediate ceasefire would help "rescue what's left of the planting season so food can reach the people of Tigray.
"We are clear that the risk of famine in Tigray is man-made," he said.
Around 350,000 people are suffering from acute famine conditions in the Tigray region, according to a UN analysis revealed last week.
Tigray's food crisis was at Phase 5 on the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification meaning that at least 20 percent of households are facing an extreme lack of food and two out of every 10,000 people die each day due to starvation, malnutrition, and disease.
Lowcock claimed that Eritrean forces are trying to starve the Tigrayan population by blocking supplies to more than 1 million people, according to Reuters.
The UK ambassador to Ethiopia condemned the "harrowing accounts of sexual violence and summary executions" reported in the region since fighting began last November in his video message.
The fighting has led to almost two million people being displaced, killed, and subjected to physical and sexual violence, according to the UN.
"I encourage our partners and friends, particularly in the region to join our call for a ceasefire for the people of Tigray," said the UK ambassador.