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More help reaches Ethiopia’s Tigray area following truce

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — More help arrived in Ethiopia’s Tigray Wednesday following the signing of a truce earlier this month calling for unhindered humanitarian entry to the war-torn northern area.

The U.N.’s World Food Program reported that its vehicles had entered northwestern Tigray by way of the town of Gondar within the neighboring area of Amhara. The Gondar route had beforehand been closed to help teams after the Tigray rebels recaptured massive areas of that area in June 2021, with subsequent convoys passing by the area of Afar to the east of Tigray.

“More food, nutrition, medical cargo will follow imminently, via all routes possible,” the WFP mentioned, including that meals can be delivered to individuals within the Tigray city of Mai Tsebri.

A WFP spokesperson advised The Associated Press that the convoy consisted of 15 vehicles carrying 300 tons of meals.

The WFP convoy arrived a day after the International Committee of the Red Cross delivered 40 tons of medical provides to Tigray’s capital, Mekele. The ICRC’s cargo was the primary batch of worldwide help to succeed in Tigray since August.

Tigray is within the grip of a dire humanitarian disaster, the results of two years of restrictions on help. These restrictions prompted a U.N. panel of consultants to conclude that Ethiopia’s authorities most likely used “starvation as a method of warfare” towards the area.

Also on Wednesday, the ICRC mentioned it had landed a “test-flight” within the northwestern Tigray city of Shire. Airlifts have beforehand been used to ship medical provides and different assist to Tigray.

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The resuming of airlifts to Tigray “will help carry urgent humanitarian aid to the region more quickly, to alleviate the suffering of thousands needing immediate support,” the ICRC mentioned on Twitter.

Fighting that erupted in August after months of a lull displaced 500,000 individuals in northwestern Tigray alone, in keeping with a doc by Tigray’s regional Emergency Coordination Center that was seen by AP. “Starvation-related deaths” have been reported at camps for the displaced by U.N. groups that visited the realm in September.

The ceasefire deal, struck in South Africa with the backing of the African Union, additionally requires the restoration of companies to Tigray, though the area nonetheless doesn’t have entry to web, telephone and banking companies.

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