Ethiopian government allows humanitarian aid to Kombolcha and Lalibela

The Ethiopian government has announced that it has allowed humanitarian aid flights to the TPLF-controlled towns of Kombolcha and Lalibela.

He also said that 369 aid trucks have been allowed to enter Tigray State.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Demeke Mekonnen, said humanitarian flights to the two cities as well as trucks to Tigray have been licensed.

The Deputy Prime Minister, Demeke Mekonnen, spoke to US Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman, yesterday.

Deputy Prime Minister Demeke and Feltman discuss ways to end the war in the North. This includes reaching a ceasefire decision.

The town of Lalibela has been under TPLF control for months; The town of Kombolcha was captured by TPLF rebels a few weeks ago.

It is noteworthy that the United Nations has stated that the escalation of the conflict will further hamper humanitarian access.

Lalibela, in particular, has been the subject of widespread food insecurity.

The United Nations says the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance in northern Ethiopia has reached 7.1 million, according to the United Nations.

Iyasu Mesfin, Head of Public Relations of the Amhara Regional Disaster Prevention and Food Security Programs Coordination Commission; He told the BBC that there had been no humanitarian assistance from international aid agencies in areas held by TPLF rebels for months.

He also said that people are dying due to lack of medicine and food in North Wollo, Wag Hmra and other areas.

Meanwhile, the Ethiopian government has decided to suspend UN humanitarian flights following a series of airstrikes in Mekele, Tigray.

The Ethiopian government and the TPLF rebels, for their part, have accused each other of obstructing humanitarian aid.

One of the preconditions for the TPLF to come to the negotiating table is the need for unrestricted humanitarian access to Tigray.

AU Special Representative for East Africa Olusegun Obasanjo; One of the issues he will discuss with Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is humanitarian issues.

Obasanjo is expected to explain the solution to the war to the Prime Minister. According to government communications, humanitarian issues will also be raised.

The United Nations has announced that $ 40 million has been allocated for emergency humanitarian assistance in Ethiopia.

Martin Griffiths, head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA); He said $ 25 million has been allocated from the Central Emergency Response Fund to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance and protection to innocent people in Ethiopia.

In addition to this Humanitarian Fund, $ 15 million has been provided; It is estimated that $ 40 million will be spent on humanitarian assistance in Ethiopia.

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