A convoy carrying desperately needed humanitarian aid arrived in the capital of the troubled Tigray region in northern Ethiopia last weekend, the UN said on Thursday.
UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York that the 27 trucks delivered nearly 1,000 tons of food and other essential items to the city of Mekelle.
It was the fourth humanitarian convoy to arrive in Tigray since the resumption of humanitarian transport in early April after more than three months of interruption.
Since then, 169 trucks have arrived in Tigray, carrying some 4,300 tonnes of supplies.
Dujarric said food and other aid has been sent from the regional capital, Mekelle, to priority areas in Tigray for onward distribution, while recently arrived fuel is helping to scale up critical humanitarian operations.
“However, the rate at which aid is arriving in Tigray is still only a small fraction of what is needed. Essential services, such as electricity, communications networks and banking services, are still virtually cut off” , did he declare.
The UN and partners continue to work with the authorities to urgently increase deliveries of relief supplies, including seeds and fertilizers, ahead of the critical summer planting season.
The deadly conflict between Ethiopian troops and local defense forces in Tigray erupted in November 2020, after months of escalating tension.
The fighting has spread to neighboring areas and caused significant displacement in northern Ethiopia and Sudan.
Dujarric said the UN was also working with the authorities to extend much-needed assistance to areas in two affected northern regions, Afar and Amhara.
Over the past week, food partners have reached some 56,000 people in Amhara. Since the end of December, more than 10 million people have received food aid from the government, the UN or aid partners. (www.nannnews.ng)
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