Unicef ‘Extremely Alarmed’ by Deadly Attacks on Civilians in Afar

ADDIS ABABA – UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore on Monday said she is “extremely alarmed” by the reported killing of more than 200 civilians, including children, in Afar region of Ethiopia.

More than 2000 people have been killed, late last week, in attacks on displaced families sheltering at a health facility and a school in Afar region. Officials of the region said the attacks were carried out by forces of TPLF, a group Ethiopian parliament recently designated as a terrorist entity.

“UNICEF is extremely alarmed by the reported killing of over 200 people, including more than 100 children,” in the attacks on Thursday, said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director, in a statement issued today.

“Crucial food supplies were also reportedly destroyed in an area that is already seeing emergency levels of malnutrition and food insecurity,” she said.

Recent similar attacks displaced more than 54, 000 residents of Afar region, according to the UN aid chief Martin Griffiths, who recently visited Ethiopia.


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