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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Ethiopia - Occupied Palestinian territory - Sudan

25 Oct 2021

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Humanitarian organizations have been responding to the needs of people affected by flooding in Sudan. © OCHA Sudan

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 25 October 2021

Ethiopia 

The UN remains extremely concerned about the continued escalation of hostilities in the northern part of the country, including new air strikes over the weekend in Tigray.

Yesterday, two air strikes were reported on a textile factory in Adwa Town [Central Zone] and in May Tsebri Town [North Western Zone]. According to reports, three civilians were injured in the air strike in May Tsebri. UN colleagues on the ground are verifying the details of the air strikes and the impact on civilians.

Fighting has also reportedly continued in multiple locations in Amhara region, leading to the displacement of thousands of people. 

The UN continues to remind all parties to the conflict of their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure.

The UN also continues to call on all parties to the conflict to facilitate free and sustained movement of humanitarian workers and supplies in Tigray, Afar and Amhara. 
 

Occupied Palestinian territory

The Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in the occupied Palestinian territory, Lynn Hastings, has issued a statement expressing concern about the recent designation of six Palestinian human rights and humanitarian organizations by Israel’s Ministry of Defense under the 2016 Anti-Terrorism Law. 

Ms. Hastings said these designations add to increasing pressures on civil society organizations across the occupied Palestinian territory, and have the potential to seriously undermine their humanitarian, development and human rights work. 

She is engaging with the Israeli authorities to learn more about the allegations.

Sudan

The UN is working with its partners to provide life-saving assistance to 9 million vulnerable people across the country.  

It is critical that these operations continue unimpeded to prevent a further deterioration of the humanitarian situation, and that people’s access to humanitarian assistance is ensured wherever they are, including access to medical facilities. 

From January to June, humanitarian organizations reached 7.4 million people in Sudan with protection and humanitarian assistance.

The UN also calls for continued international support to Sudan’s 2021 Humanitarian Response Plan, which is seeking $1.9 billion but is just 30 per cent funded.