Ethiopia’s government on Friday denied that the war in its northern Tigray region was preventing aid from reaching civilians, as two foreign aid agencies confirmed some staff had been killed there and urged all sides to do more to protect non-combatants. Reuters reports that ‘Suggestions that humanitarian assistance is impeded due to active military combat … within the Tigray region is untrue and undermines … work to stabilise the region,’ the statement from the Prime Minister’s office said. Meanwhile, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and the Danish Refugee Council put out statements on Friday regretting the killings of their staff.