ADDIS ABEBA – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s office said the government has sent 34 trucks of food supplies to Mekelle city and Alamata town.
The office said it included 12,500 quintals of food, with another 7,000 quintals of wheat flour on the way to the regional capital.
Three trucks of medical supplies “have almost reached the city of Mekelle and will be distributed” by Saturday, it said in a statement issued on Friday.
This in addition to seven trucks of medical supplies already sent to Shire and Adigrat towns, the PM office said.
UN officials, which signed an agreement with the government to deliver aid in the region, had last week said continued fighting in many parts of region was hindering efforts to aid delivery.
But the government has strongly denied this.
“Sporadic gunfire exchanged with the retreating remnants of the militia and efforts to apprehend the criminal clique on the flee, need not be misconstrued as active conflict,” the PM office said.
The office said the country “is responsible for ensuring that humanitarian support and actors are protected while operating in an insecure environment, access will be coordinated in consultation with the Federal government as stipulated in the agreement”.