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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights-Ethiopia

28 Jul 2021

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Affected people in Tigray need urgent humanitarian assistance. Credit: OCHA/Jordi Casafont

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 28 July 2021

Ethiopia

Accessing Ethiopia’s Tigray to provide much-needed humanitarian assistance to affected communities remains challenging. A lack of supplies, fuel and communication equipment is expected to effectively halt humanitarian response in two weeks.
The World Food Programme (WFP) has warned that the current food supply in Tigray will only last until this Friday. Nutrition partners will also soon run out of the essential ready-to-use therapeutic food to treat an estimated 4,000 severely malnourished children every month.
The last convoy of assistance reached Mekelle on 12 July, yet an estimated 500 to 600 trucks of relief items are needed every week to meet mounting humanitarian needs.

All roads into Tigray from the Amhara region remain closed due to restrictions and insecurity, with the only possible road through the Afar region inaccessible since 19 July, following an attack on a WFP convoy.

Meanwhile, 44 trucks with humanitarian supplies left Semera, Afar region today, for Tigray. About 150 trucks remain on standby in Semera pending security clearances.  

Fuel shortages have particularly affected health assistance, including vaccinations and other life-saving services, and risk disrupting access to safe water for up to 450,000 people.  At least 200,000 litres of fuel (4-5 tankers) are needed every week to enable operations to continue.

The UN continues to call for the restoration of basic services, electricity, communications, commercial flights and the banking system. It also reiterates the Secretary-General’s call for unfettered humanitarian access to ensure that vital and life-saving assistance can reach people in need as soon as possible.  The UN calls on all parties to the conflict in northern Ethiopia to protect civilians and humanitarian workers and their assets in compliance with international humanitarian law.