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Ethiopia: At least 108 dead in airstrikes in Tigray, according to the UN

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We are alarmed by the multitude of deeply disturbing reports that we continue to receive regarding civilian casualties and destruction of civilian property resulting from airstrikes in the Tigray region of Ethiopia., said a spokeswoman for the High Commission forUnited Nations Human Rights, Elizabeth Throssell.

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The deadliest airstrike to date hit the displacement camp in Dedebit town on January 7, killing and injuring dozens. We have since established that three of those seriously injured have died in hospital…bringing the death toll from that single strike to at least 59., said the spokesperson for the High Commission.

In a tweet on Friday, the secretary general of theUnited Nations, Antonio Guterres once again called on the belligerents to stop fighting in all its forms.

All people in need of humanitarian aid must receive it as soon as possible. It is time to start dialogue and reconciliation. »

A quote from Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General

Tigray has been the theater for 14 months of an armed conflict between the federal government and the former local authorities, from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) which ruled Ethiopia for nearly 30 years until the coming to power of Abiy Ahmed in 2018.

Crowned with the Nobel Peace Prize the year after taking office, Mr. Abiy sent the federal army to Tigray in November 2020 to dismiss the regional authorities who had challenged his authority for several months and whom he accused of attacking military bases.

The parties to the conflict must […] suspend any attack if it appears that the target is not a military objective or that the attack would be disproportionate. Failure to respect the principles of distinction and proportionality may constitute a war crime, warned Ms Throssell.

OHCHR is also concerned about continued arbitrary arrests and detentions under the state of emergency in force in the country.

The UN welcomes the release of several detainees, including key opposition figures who had been in detention for many months, but we remain concerned that many others – several hundred at least – remain in indefinite detention in appalling conditions, underlined Ms. Throssell.

the de facto blockade prevents the delivery of aid

Tigray is also subject, according to theUnited Nations, has a de facto blockade humanitarian aid.

We are on the brink of a major humanitarian disaster, warned a spokesman for the World Food Program (WFP), Tomson Phiri, who participated in the press briefing.

the world food program is about to have to suspend its food assistance operations in northern Ethiopia due to fighting which is preventing the delivery of fuel and food.

The escalation of the conflict in northern Ethiopia means that no convoy from world food program has reached Mekele (Tigray’s capital) since mid-December […] Humanitarian workers from world food program on the ground say that the warehouses are completely empty, Mr. Phiri said.

the world food program calls for immediate guarantees from all parties to the conflict to establish land humanitarian corridors in northern Ethiopia.

tons of food, which will only be enough to cover 10% of 2.1million people WFP needs to reach”,”text”:”Food and fuel stocks are dangerously low. WFP has 4,000 tonnes of food left, which will only be enough to cover 10% of the 2.1 million people WFP needs to reach”}}”>Food and fuel stocks are dangerously low. He stays at world food program 4,000 tons of food, which will cover only 10% of the 2.1 million people that the world food program must reach, said the spokesperson. And the fuel will run out after ten days.

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