ADDIS ABABA- An International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) convoy carrying medical assistance, food and water treatment supplies arrived in the Tigray region on Saturday through Afar, the aid agency announced.
This is the first ICRC convoy reaching the region by road since September 2021, according to the statement Red Cross issued following the arrival of the convoy.
“Many people affected by the conflict in Tigray live in extremely challenging conditions, unable to access healthcare, sufficient food supplies, and basic goods and services,” said Nicolas Von Arx, the head of the ICRC delegation in Ethiopia.
“The ICRC welcomes the current ceasefire and the willingness of the parties to the conflict to facilitate passage of much-needed humanitarian aid into Tigray,” he added.
Prior to the convoy’s arrival, the ICRC conducted almost 40 cargo flights into Tigray since January, delivering life-saving drugs such as insulin, hemodialysis, oxytocin, tetanus toxoid, gloves and surgical material.
The ICRC convoy that arrived Tigray on Saturday carried medicines, medical equipment, emergency food, water pumps and water treatment chemicals.
“It is vital that the assistance keeps reaching the region on a regular basis,” said head of the ICRC delegation Arx.