The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has announced the death of a staff member in a refugee camp in Ethiopia.

“Communication with the area is extremely difficult and we are still working to gather and confirm the details,” IRC said in a statement.

The humanitarian group has not identified the deceased or said when or how it happened. But its statement confirmed the aid worker had been serving in Hitsats refugee camp in Shire when they were killed.

The organization says it is “working in Tigray to support 96,000 refugees in four camps with a range of services, including clean water, sanitation, and education”.

The conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region between federal and regional forces has forced thousands of people to flee.

Some have gone to refugee camps in neighbouring Sudan.

The Ethiopian government has previously denied claims that humanitarian assistance in the region was impeded by ongoing fighting.