ADDIS ABABA – Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the United States welcomes the arrival of additional life-saving humanitarian assistance in Tigray.
The US secretary of State’s statement came a day after the UN Food program, WFP, announced 50 trucks “carrying essential humanitarian supplies” including fuel arrived at Mekelle city on Thursday.
The essential humanitarian supplies include 1,000 metric tone (mt) of wheat and pulses, 700mt of health, nutrition and WASH items as well as 115,000 liters of fuel, as per to WFP.
“We welcome the arrival of additional life-saving humanitarian assistance in Tigray and applaud efforts of humanitarian organizations across Ethiopia to provide aid to all in need,” Blinken said on Friday.
“Constant humanitarian access & urgent resumption of basic services is critical for long-term peace,” he added.
Authorities reported on Thursday that the federal government facilitated the movement of 60 trucks carrying humanitarian aid this week via the Semera-Abala-Mekelle road, opened for traffic following a truce at the end of March.
“This action came in accordance with building on efforts to ensure humanitarian assistance to reach the intended beneficiaries in the region,” said the government communication Service.