UN / ETHIOPIA UPDATE

08-Jan-2021 00:01:34
The UN, along with its partners, have been able to access areas that have been previously inaccessible, localized fighting and insecurity continue, with fighting reported in rural areas and around Mekelle, Shiraro and Shire, in the Tigray province, Ethiopia, said a UN Spokesperson. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / ETHIOPIA UPDATE
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DATELINE: 08 JANUARY 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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1.Wide shot, United Nations Headquarters

08 JANUARY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, press briefing room
3.SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Just want to let you know that, we, along with its partners, have been able to access areas that have been previously inaccessible. Localized fighting and insecurity continues, with fighting reported in rural areas and around Mekelle, Shiraro and Shire, in the Tigray province. Access to most parts of North Western, Eastern and Central Tigray remains constrained due to the ongoing insecurity and bureaucratic hurdles, and two of the four refugee camps in the region (Hitsats and Shimelba) are still not accessible. Our colleagues at OCHA (the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs), as well as the World Food Programme, which leads the Logistics efforts coordinated approach, continue to work with the authorities to streamline the cargo clearance mechanism and ensure safe and secure access to Tigray and bordering areas. We estimate that 2.3 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance in Tigray, including 1.3 million additional people due to the conflict and over 950,000 people already there, including refugees. These figures are likely to change in the coming period as further information continues to become available.”
4. Wide shot, press briefing room
STORYLINE
The UN, along with its partners, have been able to access areas that have been previously inaccessible, localized fighting and insecurity continue, with fighting reported in rural areas and around Mekelle, Shiraro and Shire, in the Tigray province, Ethiopia, said a UN Spokesperson.

Speaking to reporters today (08 Jan) in New York, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said, “access to most parts of North Western, Eastern and Central Tigray remains constrained due to the ongoing insecurity and bureaucratic hurdles, and two of the four refugee camps in the region (Hitsats and Shimelba) are still not accessible.”

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, as well as the World Food Programme, “which leads the Logistics efforts coordinated approach, continue to work with the authorities to streamline the cargo clearance mechanism and ensure safe and secure access to Tigray and bordering areas,” said the Spokesperson.

Dujarric continued, “we estimate that 2.3 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance in Tigray, including 1.3 million additional people due to the conflict and over 950,000 people already there, including refugees.”

He stated that these figures are “likely to change in the coming period as further information continues to become available.”
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