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Canada Ethiopia: the first convoy of humanitarian aid in three months about to enter Tigi

19:45  01 april  2022
19:45  01 april  2022 Source:   france24.com

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a convoy of 20 trucks responsible for food aid, the first in three Month was about to enter, Friday, in the Ethiopian region of the Tiger, in conflict since November 2020 and threatened with famine, announced the World Food Program.

The Ethiopian Tiger region is threatened with famine, but no humanitarian convoy had been able to achieve it for three months until Friday, April 1st. Twenty food aid trucks are preparing to enter this area, the World Food Program (WFP) announced. The Tiger, semi-autonomous state of Ethiopian Federation , has been in conflict since November 2020.

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WFP trucks "will soon enter the Tiger, bringing more than 500 tons (...) food and nutritional foods. Urgently needed communities about dying of hunger, "says the UN organization in a tweet.

for several days, the authorities of Addis Ababa and the rebels of the People's Liberation Front of the Tiger (TPLF), who have been competing for almost 17 months, accusing each other to block the convoys of help, despite a " Humanitarian truce "announced on March 24 to allow its routing.

The Ethiopian government had announced on Thursday in a brief statement that "21 WFP food aid trucks have begun to transport humanitarian aid to the Tiger region" by a road crossing the neighboring region of the neighboring region. AFAR.

The convoy entered in the zone controlled by the TPLF

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the convoy - 20 food aid trucks and a fuel tanker used to supply the convoy - was blocked, Thursday evening, by the regional forces Afar, but could Return on your way Friday, explained a humanitarian source to AFP.

Contact by AFP from Nairobi, the TPLF spokesman, Getachew Reda, confirmed that the convoy had entered an area of ​​AFAR under the control of the Tygrens rebels.

The "20 trucks are now in the area under our control, en route to Mekele", the capital of Tiger, he said. They should enter Tiger "within an hour or two" then it will take them "a few hours" to reach Mekele, the trucks to remake full of fuel on the way.

The conflict has made several thousand deaths, more than two million displaced and

plunged hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians under conditions close to famine , according to the United Nations.

with AFP

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