UN / ETHIOPIA TIGRAY UPDATE

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A UN spokesperson said, “despite recent improvements in access within Tigray since the end of June, movements in and out of the region remain restricted. This affects the ability of aid workers to replenish supplies and mobilize personnel to sustain aid operations.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 19 JULY 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, United Nations Headquarters

19 JULY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General:
“Turning to Ethiopia, our humanitarian colleagues tell us that, despite recent improvements in access within Tigray since the end of June, movements in and out of the region remain restricted. This affects the ability of aid workers to replenish supplies and mobilize personnel to sustain aid operations. Inside Tigray, access is currently possible to areas that were previously hard-to-reach. An estimated 75 per cent of people who need assistance – this is 4 million out of 5.2 million people in need – are now in zones where humanitarian operations can take place, compared to 30 per cent in May. Humanitarian supplies, however, are rapidly being depleted inside Tigray, with road access only possible through Afar Region with heavy control by regional and federal authorities. Last week, a 54-truck humanitarian convoy carrying food, fuel, medical supplies and other vital items arrived in Mekelle, the first to reach the region in more than two weeks. However, the supplies are far from adequate to sustain humanitarian assistance. Many more trucks should be arriving every day to meet the needs of people who need help. Following approval from the Government of Ethiopia, the UN Humanitarian Air Service successfully conducted a test flight Saturday to Tigray. Regular flights are scheduled to resume on July 21st. In the meantime, we continue to call for the restoration of basic services, electricity, communications, commercial flights and banking system to prevent further deterioration in the humanitarian situation. Funding is also urgently needed. More than $430 million - half of the total requirement- is still required for the humanitarian response in Tigray until the end of the year.”
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STORYLINE:

A UN spokesperson said, “despite recent improvements in access within Tigray since the end of June, movements in and out of the region remain restricted. This affects the ability of aid workers to replenish supplies and mobilize personnel to sustain aid operations.”

Speaking to reporters today (19 Jul) in New York, UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq said, “Inside Tigray, access is currently possible to areas that were previously hard-to-reach.”

He continued, “An estimated 75 per cent of people who need assistance – this is 4 million out of 5.2 million people in need – are now in zones where humanitarian operations can take place, compared to 30 per cent in May.”

Haq said, “Humanitarian supplies, however, are rapidly being depleted inside Tigray, with road access only possible through Afar Region with heavy control by regional and federal authorities.”

He added, “Last week, a 54-truck humanitarian convoy carrying food, fuel, medical supplies and other vital items arrived in Mekelle, the first to reach the region in more than two weeks. However, the supplies are far from adequate to sustain humanitarian assistance. Many more trucks should be arriving every day to meet the needs of people who need help.”

The Deputy spokesperson also said, “Following approval from the Government of Ethiopia, the UN Humanitarian Air Service successfully conducted a test flight Saturday to Tigray. Regular flights are scheduled to resume on July 21st.”

In the meantime, Haq said, the UN continues to call for “the restoration of basic services, electricity, communications, commercial flights and banking system to prevent further deterioration in the humanitarian situation.”

He added, “Funding is also urgently needed. More than $430 million - half of the total requirement- is still required for the humanitarian response in Tigray until the end of the year.”
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