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Humanitarian aid suspended in northwest Tigray, Ethiopia

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Humanitarian partners have suspended activities in the region due to continued threats of drone strikes, said the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

According to preliminary information fromUnited Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the attack, carried out on Friday around midnight in the town of Dedebit claims dozens of civilian casualties, including deaths.

The Tigrayan rebels on Saturday accused the government of carrying out a drone attack that they said killed 56 people, while an official at the main hospital in the region said 55 dead and 126 injured.

But it was impossible to verify these claims independently, access to Tigray being very restricted and communications cut off in this region.

Ethiopian government officials did not respond to AFP’s pleas for the attack.

According to United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, lack of essential supplies, especially medical equipment and fuel, seriously disrupts the response to the injured and has led to the almost total collapse of the health system in Tigray.

The escalation of airstrikes is alarming, and we once again remind all parties to the conflict that they must respect their obligations under international humanitarian law.

A quote from United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

The attack came as the Ethiopian government announced amnesties for several top Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) officials and other opposition leaders, calling for national reconciliation.

the Front for the Liberation of the People of Tigray has taken up arms since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent the federal army to Tigray in November 2020 to remove the regional authorities – from the Front for the Liberation of the People of Tigray – who challenged his authority and whom he accused of having attacked military bases.

A counter-offensive by Front for the Liberation of the People of Tigray allowed the rebels to reconquer most of the region at the end of June 2021 and to advance in those neighboring Amhara and Afar. They said in November that they had arrived 200 km from Addis Ababa.

The conflict has claimed thousands of lives

Tigray was already subject, according to the UN, to a de facto blockade humanitarian aid. The rebels withdrew at the end of December in their stronghold of Tigray in the face of a military offensive by government forces, which regained control of a series of strategic towns.

The clashes had known a lull since the retirement of Front for the Liberation of the People of Tigray, although the rebels accuse the government of continuing to carry out deadly drone strikes on Tigray.

Three other people were killed in an airstrike on a refugee camp in the region, the UN reported this week.

The Office of African Affairs of the US State Department called the attacksunacceptable, calling on Twitter the immediate end of hostilities, the swift launch of an inclusive national dialogue and unhindered access for aid to reach all Ethiopian communities in need.

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