The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, together with 30 humanitarian partners, yesterday appealed for 156 million US dollars to meet ‘the critical humanitarian needs’ of Ethiopian refugees fleeing the Tigray conflict through the first half of 2021. Xinhua News reports that the urgent financial appeal is also expected to strengthen the preparedness to receive refugees in other countries in the region in case of further refugee movements, said a statement from the UN refugee agency, quoting its spokesperson at a Tuesday press briefing in Geneva.