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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Ethiopia

19 Oct 2021


Internally displaced people cook a meal in Mekelle, Tigray, Ethiopia, January 2021. © OCHA Ethiopia/Jordi Casafont Torra

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 19 October 2021


The situation in Mekelle, Tigray, remains calm but tense today. 

Local health workers report that three children were killed and one person injured in an airstrike on the outskirts of Mekelle yesterday [Monday] morning local time.

A second air strike in Mekelle town later in the day reportedly injured nine people and damaged houses and a nearby hotel.

The intensification of the conflict is alarming, and the UN once again reminds all parties to the conflict of their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure.

The UN also calls for unrestricted and sustained humanitarian access to all people in need. 

The lack of essential supplies, especially fuel and cash, continues to severely disrupt humanitarian operations in Tigray, forcing the UN and partners to reduce life-saving operations when people need them most, including food distributions, water distribution and health services.

Hundreds of humanitarian workers are in northern Ethiopia and ready to respond to existing and increasing needs wherever people in need are.