The Tigray region of Ethiopia on Tuesday received the first medical shipment since September last year to provide temporary relief to sick people in hospitals who were running out of medicine.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC ) became the first humanitarian organization to deliver the medical aid in the coming days after the warring factions agreed to allow the shipment of supplies.
Patrick Youssef, the ICRC’s regional director for Africa, said, that a plane carrying medical supplies landed in Mekelle, the capital of Tigray Tuesday afternoon.
The official said in a tweet that more similar shipments are needed to make an impact.
The Red Cross said it was arranging additional flights to Mekelle, the capital of the Tigray region, which was closed to aid workers during the war.
The Tigray People’s Liberation Front, formerly a government pa rtei, and now a banned group, has been fighting with national forces and its allied militia groups since November 2020.
As a result, Ethiopia imposed a blockade on the region.
Up until this month, fighting brought in the region has hampered the movement of aid to the region, where an estimated 350,000 people are in dire need of humanitarian assistance due to famine-like conditions, according to the UN.