ICRC Resumes Delivering Medical Supplies to Tigray

ADDIS ABABA – Two trucks full of vital medical supplies have arrived in Tigray’s Mekelle city of Tigray regional state today, announced the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

According to the ICRC, the medical supply is in the first aid delivery since fighting resumed last August and the Pretoria and Nairobi agreements were signed.

Its officials say the delivered medicines are destined for medical facilities’ most urgent cases.

Nicolas Von Arx, Head of the ICRC delegation in Ethiopia, said it was “enormous relief for us to deliver this cargo”.

“The healthcare system in the region is under extreme pressure and these deliveries are a lifeline for people who need medical help,” Arx said.

“We appreciate the efforts undertaken by the parties to facilitate delivery of humanitarian aid, as people have endured tremendous suffering during the two-years conflict.”

The trucks have delivered forty tons of essential medical items, emergency medicines and surgical equipment to help cover the immediate needs of thousands of people in the region.

ICRC says, while some health facilities in Tigray no longer function, those that remain open lack basic medicines, equipment, and other essential supplies.

“With the ongoing support of the parties,” the ICRC hopes to continue these deliveries on a regular basis and significantly scale-up its humanitarian response.