(CNN) A full-scale humanitarian crisis is developing in the Horn of Africa as thousands of people flee ongoing violence in Ethiopia's Tigray region, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said Tuesday.
An average of 4,000 women, men and children have crossed the border into eastern Sudan every day since November 10, the agency saidIn total, more than 27,000 people have now traveled into Sudan at three border locations, UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch said at a news conference in Geneva.
"Refugees fleeing the fighting continue to arrive exhausted from the long trek to safety, with few belongings," Baloch added.
"UNHCR, with its partners, is supporting the Sudanese government in its response, ramping up humanitarian assistance at the borders as the needs continue to grow."
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched a military offensive in the restive Tigray region on November 4 after accusing its ruling party , the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), of attacking federal troops in the northern region, which borders Eritrea and Sudan.
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