UN: humanitarian access to northern Ethiopia remains difficult

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THE UNITED NATIONS — Humanitarian access to parts of northern Ethiopia remains difficult, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Tuesday.

In the northernmost region of Tigray, the humanitarian situation is deteriorating due to restrictions on the delivery of humanitarian supplies to the region via the only Semera-Abala-Mekelle road through the Afar region, OCHA said.

There has been no movement of convoys with humanitarian supplies in Tigray since October 18, while around 100 trucks with food, non-food items and fuel are needed daily in Tigray to meet needs. critical humanitarian organizations.

Fuel for the humanitarian response has not entered Tigray since early August. Due to severe fuel shortages, many humanitarian partners have been forced to drastically reduce or suspend activities, including food deliveries and transporting water by truck, OCHA said.

Sixteen tankers, each with a capacity of 45,000 liters, are idle in Semera, Afar. It is estimated that more than 272,000 liters of fuel are needed each month for humanitarian operations.

The suspension of UN humanitarian flights, following the turnaround due to the airstrikes in Tigray on Friday, blocked the transport of much needed personnel and cash to Tigray, further hampering the humanitarian response.

The humanitarian situation in Afar and Amhara regions is also deteriorating as the conflict spreads to several locations, causing massive displacement, disruption of livelihoods and food insecurity. The ongoing hostilities are blocking the delivery of humanitarian aid to hundreds of thousands of people in the two border regions of Tigray.

“The United Nations continues to call for unhindered humanitarian access by all available routes, both road and air, to ensure that life-saving aid can immediately reach those in need in Afar, Africa. Amhara and Tigray, ”OCHA said.

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