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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Ethiopia

29 Dec 2020


Ethiopian refugees fleeing clashes in the country's northern Tigray region cross the border into Hamdayet, Sudan. © UNHCR/Hazim Elhag

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 29 December 2020


The southern Tigray inter-agency assessment mission deployed on 20 December has concluded as planned, without any incident. Preliminary findings from Chirchir district in Alamata show that half of the displaced people have returned to their homes.

Life in Alamata is gradually returning to normal with the resumption of some basic services, including electricity and telecommunication. People, however, reported that they still do not feel safe, and localized fighting and insecurity reportedly continues in Tigray region.

The western Tigray mission conducted a rapid assessment in Dansha on 22 December and proceeded to Humera on 28 December, and will go on to assess the situation in Shiraro and Shire.

Resource mobilization to scale up response is ongoing as per the updated Humanitarian Response Plan for northern Ethiopia released last week. The plan aims to reach 2.3 million people estimated to need humanitarian assistance as a result of the conflict in Tigray, Amhara and Afar. More than half of them are children, 26 per cent are women and nearly one in six is disabled.

As of 28 December, more than 54,400 Ethiopian refugees fleeing Tigray have registered in Sudan. The Sudanese Government and humanitarian partners are scaling up life-saving assistance to them.