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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Ethiopia 

19 Jul 2021


A truck convoy arrived in Tigray, Ethiopia, last week. © World Food Programme

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 19 July 2021


OCHA says that despite recent improvements in access within Tigray since the end of June, movements in and out of the region remain restricted, impacting humanitarians’ capacity to replenish stocks and mobilize personnel to sustain aid operations. 

Inside Tigray, access is currently possible to areas that were previously hard to reach, with an estimated 75 per cent of people who need assistance (4 million out of 5.2 million people in need) now in zones where humanitarian operations can take place, compared with 30 per cent in May. 

Humanitarian stocks, however, are rapidly depleting inside Tigray, with road access only possible through Afar Region with heavy control by regional and federal authorities. 

Last week (12 July), a 54-truck humanitarian convoy with food and fuel, medical supplies and other vital relief items arrived in Mekelle, the first to reach the region in more than two weeks. However, the supplies are far from adequate to sustain humanitarian assistance, as many more trucks should be arriving daily to meet the needs. 

Following the approval from the Government of Ethiopia, the UN Humanitarian Air Service successfully conducted a test flight Saturday to Tigray. Regular flights are scheduled to resume on 21 July. 

The UN continues to call for the restoration of basic services, electricity, communications, commercial flights and the banking system to prevent further deterioration of the humanitarian situation. 

Funding is also urgently needed. Despite agencies’ reallocation of funds and new funding received, more than $430 million – half of the total requirement – is still required for the humanitarian response in Tigray until the end of the year.