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UN may halt aid operations in Tigray over shortages

Peter Mwai BBC Reality Check

The UN has warned that it will have to suspend operations by its aid agencies if no supplies are allowed into Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray soon.

No humanitarian aid has reached the region since mid-December and a spokesperson for the UN chief says the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate.

“Several UN and non-governmental organisations will be forced to cease operations if humanitarian supplies, fuel and cash are not delivered to Tigray very soon,” Stéphane Dujarric, the spokesman for the UN’s secretary general, told journalists in New York.

He said aid agencies were short of cash to buy local supplies and pay local staff and were also running out of fuel to transport aid and staff.Quote Message: Without fuel we can’t move – you can’t move food trucks” from Stéphane Dujarric

Without fuel we can’t move – you can’t move food trucks”Stéphane Dujarric

Renewed fighting and insecurity have affected the movement of humanitarian supplies along the only available route from Semera, the regional capital of the neighbouring Afar region, to Tigray through Abala.

The UN estimates that 100 trucks need to be getting into Tigray daily but since mid-July less 12% than of the needed trucks have made it through.

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