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Continued fighting in many parts of Ethiopia's Tigray region is hindering efforts to deliver aid, the UN says.

Millions of people are said to be running out of food and medicines.

UN officials told AFP there was still no access on Friday, despite a deal allowing "unimpeded" humanitarian access to government-controlled areas.

The military entered the regional capital Mekelle last weekend and said the month-long conflict with forces of the TPLF group was over.

Hundreds of people have reportedly been killed in the fighting with the Tigray People's Liberation Front. Tens of thousands of people have been displaced, with a wave of refugees fleeing into Sudan.

The BBC managed to speak on Thursday to people in Mekelle who said "fighting is still going on in places near the city". The TPLF has said it is still fighting.

Ethiopia's minister in charge of democratisation, Zadig Abraha, dismissed this, saying "there is no war".

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Saviano Abreu, spokesman for the UN's humanitarian co-ordination office, told AFP: "We have reports of fighting still going on in many parts of Tigray. This is concerning and it's a complex situation for us."

On Wednesday, the UN announced it had reached an agreement to deliver aid in areas of Tigray that were government-controlled.

But as of Friday, security assessments were still being conducted and three UN officials told AFP that aid was not expected to arrive before next week.

"We have been granted this access, this agreement with the federal government. But we also have to have the same kind of agreement with all parties to the conflict to make sure we actually have unconditional free access to Tigray," Mr Abreu said.