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Gov’t Remains Committed to Expedite aid Delivery to Tigray, says Press Secretary

ADDIS ABABA – The Federal government of Ethiopia has continued its commitment to expedite the supply of food and humanitarian assistance to reach the Tigray region, said Billene Seyoum, press secretary of the Prime Minister Office.

Briefing the media, the press Secretary said that the supply of humanitarian assistance in the Tigray region continues to progress.

Billene said 1,306 trucks have arrived in the Tigray region in the months of April and May 2022, apart from humanitarian assistance flights that are carrying various assistance to the region.

“The government has continued to expedite the supply of food and other humanitarian supplies to reach Tigray region,” she said, despite the misconception that the government obstructs humanitarian assistance “continues unabated.”

“In fact, the Gov’t has redoubled its efforts to expedite assistance to all in need,” she added

According to her, a total of 2.1 billion Birr have been transferred for humanitarian assistance from July, 2021 to June 3, 2022 into the region.

At least 130,000 kilograms of non-food items which includes various shelters and other protections items and 87,000 metric tonnes of food that has made its way and entered the Tigray Region during the stated period.

About 783,000 liters of fuel has been facilitated to the region within this period as well, she added.

“The misconception image is starting to dissipate because there has been a concerted effort since the declaration of humanitarian truce,” said Billene.

The international community is encouraged to intensify its effort to meet the humanitarian needs in Ethiopia, including for the Tigray Region, according to the press secretary.

On the part of the Ethiopian government, she said the commitment to peace has always been there, commitment to supporting humanitarian assistance and ensuring that humanitarian assistance makes its way to the region.

However, in the past four weeks, she said ”we have seen rhetoric gearing up for another confrontation from the other side”.

“The TPLF appears to prepare for another offense during the coming farming season,” she said adding: “Food and non-food items are not reaching the needy.”

The Press Secretary also accused the TPLF of continuing to forcefully conscript people into its forces.

“Its atrocities will disrupt agricultural activities & further exacerbate the humanitarian crisis in the Tigray region,” the press secretary said. “Any offense by the TPLF would undermine the Government of Ethiopia’s effort to avoid another round of conflict.”