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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Central African Republic - Ethiopia

02 Jul 2021

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Kissanet school in Mekelle, Ethiopia, is sheltering hundreds of displaced people. © OCHA/Jordi Casafont

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 2 July 2021

Central African Republic

In the Central African Republic (CAR), the situation remains tense in Alindao after Unité pour la paix en Centrafrique (UPC) combatants regained control of strategic positions on 30 June, and following the departure of Russian bilateral forces towards Bokolobo the previous day. 

MINUSCA received reinforcements and continues patrols in strategic places of the city, IDP gatherings and sites and humanitarian bases. Meanwhile, an attempted break-in into an international NGO base by armed elements was reported. 

The volatile security situation has prevented an IDP registration by the local Red Cross. The crisis risks further deteriorating the humanitarian situation, with a shortage of food supplies reported, the closure of shops and the market, and the suspension of humanitarian assistance.

In the past two days, 42 humanitarians were relocated by the UN Humanitarian Service (UNHAS). OCHA maintains its presence and additional staff is being deployed. 

Thousands of people have presumedly been displaced, including at the hospital, MINUSCA base and IDP sites, and the fear of further escalation of violence persists. 

 

Ethiopia

OCHA says that the security situation in Tigray remains fluid and unpredictable, while humanitarian access is gradually improving in parts of Tigray.

Yesterday, a bridge over Tekeze river connecting Western Zone and the rest of Tigray was destroyed and rendered inoperative. The destruction and vandalization of vital infrastructure are seriously threatening the provision of humanitarian assistance to people in need and access of civilians to essential services, goods and livelihoods. All parties to the conflict must protect civilians and civilian infrastructure in compliance with international humanitarian law.

Electricity and telecommunications remain cut off and banking services are still not available. While road access from and to Tigray for humanitarian supplies remains blocked, staff movement from Mekelle to Afar was possible yesterday. 

Regarding access into Tigray, five UNICEF trucks with water, sanitation, hygiene, health and nutrition supplies are waiting to enter Tigray pending approval from federal authorities. There are still no flights in and out of the region though the Government of Ethiopia has today announced the possibility of UNHAS flights resuming this weekend.

Humanitarian partners are gradually resuming humanitarian operations. The World Food Programme (WFP) has resumed food deliveries after suspending its operations for only about 48 hours. About 40,000 people in North-Western Zone will be reached by the end of this weekend.  

Today, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is delivering seeds to farmers in Abi Adi in South-Eastern Zone, while partners continue to provide water trucking in major towns and to IDP sites across the region and maintaining water systems. 

UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) are preparing to resume the operation of 55 mobile health and nutrition teams starting early next week. The integrated measles campaign will also be resumed soon. 

It is urgent to get additional staff and supplies into Tigray, restore electricity, telecoms, and ensure the availability of cash and fuel for the continuity of humanitarian operations. Without fuel the UN cannot operate.