The United Nations called on Wednesday to open an important aid route to Tigray, which was devastated by the war in Ethiopia, warning that the area is already under threat of famine and is at risk of food shortages.
Last week, an attack on the World Food Program fleet blocked access to the area as it lost access to the only route available for aid.
The UN humanitarian agency OCHA said in a statement that about 150 trucks loaded with food and other supplies stopped at Semera “waiting for a security clearance” and another 44 left for Tigray on Wednesday. Stated.
Semera is the capital of the Afar region, bordering Tigray in the east and played an important role after the destruction of two bridges along other routes in late June.
The last fleet arrived in Mek’ele, the capital of Tigrinya, on July 12, and OCHA warned that current food rations would only last until Friday.
“Nutrition partners also quickly run out of ready-to-use prescriptions that are essential for treating an estimated 4,000 severely malnourished children each month,” he added.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent troops to Tigray last November to detain and disarm the leaders of the then ruling Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in the region.
He said the move was in response to a TPLF attack on a federal camp.
The 2019 Nobel Peace Prize laureates declared victory in late November after government troops robbed Mek’ele, but TPLF leaders continued to flee and the fighting continued.
Fuel shortage warning
The war changed tremendously when the pro-TPLF army regained Mek’ele last month. Mr Abby declared a one-sided ceasefire and most of the troops withdrew from Tigray.
However, in an area occupied by fighters from the Amharic region south of Tigray, after rebel leaders launched a new attack aimed at regaining control of western and southern Tigray, Abbey. He vowed to “repell” them.
Since then, the government has mobilized troops from previously unaffected areas, including Oromia.
The fighting has heightened the humanitarian crisis in the region, and the United Nations has already warned that 400,000 people have been forced into famine.
“A shortage of supplies, fuel and telecommunications equipment is expected to effectively stop humanitarian response in two weeks,” OCHA said, adding that an estimated 600 relief supplies are needed each week.
“Fuel shortages have a particular impact on health support, including vaccinations and other life-saving services, and pose a risk of impeding access to safe water for up to 450,000 people.”
Authorities called for the restoration of basic services to provide life-saving services, including vaccination, and urged war parties to protect civilians and humanitarian workers.
The United Nations warns that food aid may run out in the next few days in the Tigray region, which was hit by the Ethiopian war.
Source link The United Nations warns that food aid may run out in the next few days in the Tigray region, which was hit by the Ethiopian war.