UN / ETHIOPIA TIGRAY UPDATE

09-Jun-2021 00:01:53
Briefing reporters on Ethiopia's Tigray region, a UN spokesperson said “incidents of denial of humanitarian movement, interrogation, assault and detention of humanitarian workers at military checkpoints continues to be reported. Looting and confiscation of humanitarian assets and supplies by the parties to the conflict have also been reported.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / ETHIOPIA TIGRAY UPDATE
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DATELINE: 09 JUNE 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

09 JUNE 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Moving onto Ethiopia, our humanitarian staff are telling us that in Tigray, incidents of denial of humanitarian movement, interrogation, assault and detention of humanitarian workers at military checkpoints continues to be reported. Looting and confiscation of humanitarian assets and supplies by the parties to the conflict have also been reported. Several areas in the region remain inaccessible. Of the accessible areas, the situation is dire, including dysfunctional water systems and limited or no health facilities. Levels of food insecurity and malnutrition are at alarming levels. Preliminary field reports from Axum and Adwa in the Central Zone indicate visible signs of starvation among internally displaced people. In a community in the North-Western Zone of Tigray, aid workers noted a severe need for food, after the burning or looting of harvests.”
4. Wide shot, press briefing room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Our humanitarian colleagues warned that partners received worrying information that the Government has instructed to proceed with relocating internally displaced people to their areas of origin. Despite these challenges, humanitarian partners are continuing to scale up the response as quickly as possible. More than 560,000 people were reached with food assistance just last week, bringing the number of people reached since late March to more than 3.3 million, and with the target having been 5.2 million people. We still need to reach a lot of people. We continue to call for safe, unimpeded and sustained access to scale up the humanitarian response to help all people in need. More funding is urgently needed for operations.”
6. Wide shot, press briefing room
STORYLINE
Briefing on Ethiopia's Tigray region, a UN Spokesperson said “incidents of denial of humanitarian movement, interrogation, assault and detention of humanitarian workers at military checkpoints continues to be reported. Looting and confiscation of humanitarian assets and supplies by the parties to the conflict have also been reported.”

Speaking to reporters today (09 Jun) in New York, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said that several areas in the Tigray region “remain inaccessible,” adding that “Of the accessible areas, the situation is dire, including dysfunctional water systems and limited or no health facilities.”

Dujarric also said, “Levels of food insecurity and malnutrition are at alarming levels. Preliminary field reports from Axum and Adwa in the Central Zone indicate visible signs of starvation among internally displaced people. In a community in the North-Western Zone of Tigray, aid workers noted a severe need for food, after the burning or looting of harvests.”

He also said, “Our humanitarian colleagues warned that partners received worrying information that the Government has instructed to proceed with relocating internally displaced people to their areas of origin.”

Dujarric continued, “Despite these challenges, humanitarian partners are continuing to scale up the response as quickly as possible. More than 560,000 people were reached with food assistance just last week, bringing the number of people reached since late March to more than 3.3 million, and with the target having been 5.2 million people. We still need to reach a lot of people.”

The Spokesperson said that the UN continue to call for “safe, unimpeded and sustained access to scale up the humanitarian response to help all people in need. More funding is urgently needed for operations.”
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