UN, Ethiopia sign deal for humanitarian access to Tigray

ADDIS ABEBA – The United Nations said on Wednesday that it has signed a deal with the government of Ethiopia this week to allow “unimpeded” humanitarian access to the Tigray region.

This will allow the first aid into the region that have been cut off during a three-month long fighting between the federal and TPLF forces.

For weeks, the U.N. and others have pleaded for aid access amid reports of food, medicines and other supplies running out.

A U.N. humanitarian spokesman says the first mission to carry out a needs assessment begins Wednesday.
The agreement was signed this week, according to Associated Press.

“We are of course working to make sure assistance will be provided in the whole region and for every single person who needs it,” he said.

Confirming details of the deal at UN Headquarters in New York, spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said that the safe passage of aid supplies and staff also extends to the Ethiopian regions of Amhara and Afar, bordering Tigray, where fighting between federal and regional forces has impacted around six million people during the past month.

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