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More WFP’s Convoy Enters Tigray with Food Aid

ADDIS ABABA – Trucks carrying food aid “rolling into” the northern Ethiopian region of Tigray, the United Nations’s food agency said, as more of its aid convoy entered the region for the second day in a row.

Humanitarian groups are delivering aid supplies to the region following the signing of a cessation of hostilities agreement between the federal government and TPLF signed two weeks ago.

Under the peace deal, the federal government pledged to work with Humanitarian agencies to expedite the provision of aid.

On Wednesday, the World Food Program said its 15 trucks entered Tigray via the Gondar corridor of the Amhara region “with critical food assistance”.

The UN agency has continued shipping aid delivery through a corridor in the Amhara regional state today.

“Another WFP convoy has just crossed into Tigray arriving from Kombolcha,” WFP said in a tweet on Thursday.

“Teams are currently unloading 300 tonnes of wheat, split peas, and veg oil to go straight into the hands of 67,000 people in Alamata, southern zone,” WFP said, adding that “more Regular road deliveries via all corridors are crucial”.

The agency said, “critical food assistance will now be delivered to communities in the coming days.”

Apart from WFP, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delivered two trucks full of “medicines, emergency, and first aid kits to support health facilities” to the region.

ICRC’s test flight also landed in Shire on Wednesday, the first humanitarian plane to land in the town since the conflict started in November 2020.

“The resuming of airlifts to Tigray will help carry urgent humanitarian aid to the region more quickly, to alleviate the suffering of thousands needing immediate support,” it said.

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