Although the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, Continuing to collect and confirm the details of yesterday’s attack, which resulted in the death of three Eritrean refugees-two children-and four injuries. Mr. Grandi reiterated UNHCR’s call on all parties to the conflict to “respect the rights of all civilians, including refugees.”
According to the international legal obligations that apply to all those who take up arms, “the refugee settlements must always be protected”, he said Say, To express his thoughts and deepest sympathy to the relatives of the victims.
Fight, plunder, destroy
At the same time, since the beginning of hostilities between government forces and Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) fighters in November 2020, the wider humanitarian crisis that has plagued Ethiopia has continued.
At present, about 5.2 million people in northern regions such as Tigray, Amhara and Afar need help.
Among allegations of widespread human rights violations, thousands may be killed as more than 2 million people have been forced to flee their homes.
In the past few months, the killing, looting, and destruction of medical centers and agricultural infrastructure, including irrigation systems that are vital to production, have led to a surge in humanitarian demand.
UN humanitarians report that the situation in the north of the country remains unpredictable and turbulent.
“In Tigray, the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate, and tensions restrict the flow of humanitarian supplies Follow the only available route from Semela to Abala to Mekle. Since December 15th, no trucks with humanitarian supplies have been able to enter Tigray”, United Nations spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric Tell The reporter was in New York on Thursday.
Since July 12, only 1,338 trucks have entered Tigray, which is less than 12% of the required number. Approximately 100 trucks must enter every day to meet the humanitarian needs of the people of Tigray.
As of January 3, the United Nations partners who have been distributing food in the area have only about 10,000 liters of fuel left, and at least 60,000 liters of fuel are needed to transport the limited food supply currently available to Merkeler.
“If humanitarian supplies, fuel and cash cannot be delivered to Tigray soon, several UN and NGOs will be forced to cease operations“, Mr. Dujarric warned.
People in need
United Nations humanitarian workers report that people continue to be displaced, including those from Afar, Amhara and the western region of Tigray.
A UN spokesperson said: “People are also returning, and those who need food, water, sanitation and shelter.” “Our partners continue to work with the authorities to ensure that the return plan is thorough, voluntary, and dignified, and returnees receive Enough support”.
At the same time, despite the challenges, aid organizations continue to provide critical assistance.
In Amhara, more than 33,000 people received shelters and other assistance in the past week, Mr. Dujarik said, which brought the number of aid recipients to 586,000.
However, although food distribution in the northern region continues, it is still far below the level of demand.
“We urgently call on all parties to allow unhindered and continuous access to people in Tigray, Amhara and Afar“, the UN official concluded.