UN / ETHIOPIA UPDATE

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28-Oct-2021 00:01:31
A UN spokesperson told journalists that “two airstrikes were reportedly carried out on a residential area in Tigray’s capital, Mekelle,” killing six people and injuring another 22. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 28 OCTOBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

28 OCTOBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, spokesperson Farhan Haq at the press room podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General:
“Earlier today, two airstrikes were reportedly carried out on a residential area in Tigray’s capital, Mekelle. According to initial reports, six people were killed and 22 injured. A number of houses are understood to have been destroyed or severely damaged. We are also alarmed by the ongoing hostilities in Afar and Amhara regions, which are causing large-scale displacement, livelihood disruptions and food insecurity, and preventing the delivery of humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of people in both regions. The escalation of hostilities risks worsening the already dire humanitarian situation in Tigray, Amhara and Afar, where millions of people need urgent humanitarian assistance. We call on all parties to the conflict to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure and to fulfil their obligations under international humanitarian law.”
4. Med shot, journalist
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General:
“We still have some 400 of our personnel in Tigray, so there are people who are there who can help to make sure that aid is moving, but the problems of access continue. As we just pointed out, there continued to be airstrikes today, so the situation on the ground and in the air in Tigray continues to be unsafe, and we want that to stop so that we can have our humanitarian flights return to normal.”
6. Wide shot, Haq at the podium

STORYLINE:

A UN spokesperson today (28 Oct) told journalists that “two airstrikes were reportedly carried out on a residential area in Tigray’s capital, Mekelle,” killing six people and injuring another 22.

The spokesperson, Farhan Haq, said, “a number of houses are understood to have been destroyed or severely damaged.”

Haq also voiced alarm at the ongoing hostilities in Afar and Amhara regions, “which are causing large-scale displacement, livelihood disruptions and food insecurity, and preventing the delivery of humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands of people in both regions.”

The escalation of hostilities, he said, “risks worsening the already dire humanitarian situation in Tigray, Amhara and Afar, where millions of people need urgent humanitarian assistance,” and called on all parties to the conflict “to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure and to fulfil their obligations under international humanitarian law.”

Asked about the resumption of United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) flights to Mekelle, Haq said, “we still have some 400 of our personnel in Tigray, so there are people who are there who can help to make sure that aid is moving, but the problems of access continue. As we just pointed out, there continued to be airstrikes today, so the situation on the ground and in the air in Tigray continues to be unsafe, and we want that to stop so that we can have our humanitarian flights return to normal.”
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