Ethiopia returns refugees who fled Tigray fighting, to alarm

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — In a development the United Nations calls “disturbing,” Ethiopia says it is returning thousands of refugees who ran from camps in its Tigray region as war swept through. The U.N. says Ethiopia has put the refugees on buses back to the border area with Eritrea, the country they originally fled. The news comes as the United States says it believes Eritrean troops are active in Ethiopia, which it calls a “grave development.” A State Department spokesperson says that “we urge that any such troops be withdrawn immediately.” Meanwhile, aid groups say four staffers have been killed in the fighting nearby.