More than 5.2 million people are in need of life-saving humanitarian aid in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, the United Nations announced on Wednesday.
“Our humanitarian colleagues are concerned about the escalating conflict in Tigray,” said Farhan Haq, deputy spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General.
Especially after there were reports of the impact on civilians, including after today’s airstrike on Mikkeli, the provincial capital.”
“More than 5.2 million people across Tigray – more than 90 percent of the region’s population – are in need of life-saving assistance,” he added, at a press conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
Including nearly 400,000 people facing famine-like conditions.
“We reiterate our call to all parties to the conflict to stop the escalation in order to avoid more victims and the suffering of civilians,” he added.
Haq stressed the need for all parties to the conflict to always adhere to international humanitarian law and to ensure the protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure.
Since November 2020, an armed conflict has been taking place in the region between the Ethiopian army and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, and it is still ongoing; This caused the displacement of hundreds of thousands and the flight of more than 71,488 people to Sudan.