Fighting, airstrikes affecting relief measures in northern Ethiopia: UN

United Nations (New York) : In addition to growing needs, constant fighting and airstrikes in northern Ethiopia are affecting the means of providing relief. This information has been given by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

The office said airstrikes have intensified in several Tigre region locations since the start of the year, reportedly resulting in civilian casualties. Air strikes caused aid partners to temporarily restrict their movement and activities in the northwestern Tigre.

Fighting around Abla on the Tigre-Afar border is hindering our ability to bring aid to the Tigre. Aid has not arrived at Tigre since 14 December.

OCHA stated that no fuel trucks have entered the Tigre area since August 2, 2021, which means that many humanitarian partners are primarily operating close to urban areas with little or no travel. is going

The office said relief organizations providing food aid do not have enough fuel to distribute even the limited food stocks available in Tigre. Organizations providing nutritional support have warned that activities without additional fuel will soon stop. Humanitarians are repeatedly requesting that 100 aid trucks a day are needed for tigre relief.

More than 47,000 people also found emergency shelter and non-food items in the past week, the office said. At least a few lakh displaced people are estimated to have returned to their homes in the past three weeks. He is reportedly in need of essential assistance and emergency shelter assistance.

In the Afar region, east of Tigre, the humanitarian response is ongoing, with food aid providing to about 330,000 people in the current distribution round, OCHA said.