Dec 9, 2021

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U.N. received “necessary clearances” for humanitarian flight, no “prior warning” of airstrike on Mekelle

– United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Aid Co-ordinator, Martin Griffiths, confirmed media reports that the United Nations humanitarian flight in Ethiopia “was forced to return to Addis Ababa for Mekelle in Tigray due to air strikes.” / p>

On October 22, a four-day government air strike that began this week forced a United Nations humanitarian flight with 11 UN personnel to abandon landing in Mekelle.

In In In a statement released last night, Mr. Griffiths said “the UN had not received any prior warning of the attacks on Mekelle and the necessary clearances for the flight.” He went on to say that the incident “was of serious concern for the safety of humanitarian personnel that helps civilians in humanitarian need. “

The incident occurred one day after the publication of the latest UN humanitarian report, in which several humanitarian partners were forced to significantly reduce or suspend their activities due to “severe fuel shortages”.

“For example, since October 11, at least three of the top seven active food partners have already forced the To stop serving food. The other four also have to stop selling outside of Mekelle within a week if no fuel arrives. The transport and displacement of water by some partners, as well as the distribution of WASH items, has been almost entirely confiscated, “the report reads.

” The humanitarian situation is deteriorating due to the ongoing restrictions on the supply of Humanitarian relief supplies continue to be supplied to the region via the route through Afar (Semera-Abala-Mekelle). Between October 13 and 19, 215 trucks carrying humanitarian aid arrived in Tigray, a slight increase over the previous week. This increases the number of trucks carrying humanitarian aid that have entered the region since July 12 to 1,111 or 15 percent of the trucks required. An estimated 100 trucks with food, non-food items and fuel have to drive into Tigray every day. to meet important humanitarian needs. “

” The trucks carried groceries, food, shelter and mixed goods this week. However, fuel has still not been admitted to Tigray. 14 tank trucks (45,000 liters each) remain in Semera. On October 14, the government gave tank trucks permission to continue, but they were denied entry to Tigray at a checkpoint, requiring a letter of approval from the Federal Police Commissioner in Addis Ababa. As a result, the trucks returned to Semera. Partners estimate they need more than 272,000 liters of fuel each month to carry out their humanitarian operations. “

However, despite mounting difficulties, Griffiths said the United Nations and non-governmental organizations are making every effort to” continue to raise millions Providing assistance to people in urgent need in Tigray, Amhara and Afar. The dynamics of the conflict make this more and more difficult. “

He also said that he was” increasingly alarmed about the effects of the fighting in the Amhara and Afar regions and the deterioration in the number of civilians “

The latest report in Amhara says that in parts of North and South Wello, Wag Hemra and North Gondar, active fighting continues and “blocks the access and delivery of humanitarian aid”

Similarly, in Afar, extensive fighting has been reported in Ewa and Awra Woedas in Zone 2, with unconfirmed reports of civilian casualties. Within Tigray, some areas in the Eastern Zone remain inaccessible. Citing the Afar regional government, the UN said the ongoing conflict “has affected more than 323,000 people in zones 2 and 4 of Afar. Both regions are in urgent need of assistance and the humanitarian partners are stepping up their humanitarian aid in support of the responses led by the regional authorities. “

” All precautions must be taken to protect civilians and civil infrastructure. According to international humanitarian law, all parties to the conflict must constantly take care to protect civilians and civilian objects, including humanitarian personnel and assets, from harm, ”warns Mr. Griffiths.