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Ethiopia: Amidst hostilities in Tigray, humanitarian situation remains ‘dire’

“While there has been substantial improvement in humanitarian access, active hostilities have been reported in the north-western, central, eastern, south-eastern and southern zones”, Stéphane Dujarric informed correspondents at an everyday press briefing.  

Following months of escalating tensions between the Ethiopian Government and the dominant regional pressure, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered a navy offensive after rebels attacked a federal military base.  

Within days, militias from the neighbouring Amhara area had joined the fray, reportedly adopted by some troops from neighbouring Eritrea – a long-time rival of Tigray. 

According to authorities forces, the area had been secured by the tip of November, nonetheless TPLF resistance has continued amid accusations of extrajudicial killings and rights abuses on all sides.  

Mass displacement 

The UN Spokesperson stated that some humanitarian companions have accessed the cities of Gijet and Samre, in the southern and southeastern zones.  

“They reported that most of the population in these towns has fled”, he stated, including that the Alamata-Mekelle-Adigrat-Shire street remains “partially accessible”.   

Mr. Dujarric referenced the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in saying that an estimated 2.5 million folks in rural Tigray haven’t had entry to important providers over the past 5 months.  

Moreover, the battle continues to drive large displacement throughout the area, with tens of 1000’s of individuals shifting in direction of city areas, together with to Mekelle and Shire.  

“According to a recent assessment report, there could be as many as 450,000 people displaced in Shire”, he acknowledged. 

As UN humanitarian companions scale up the response, they’re grappling with capability and useful resource challenges, “which remains inadequate for the estimated 4.5 million people who need life-saving assistance”, stated Mr. Dujarric.

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