UN / ETHIOPIA UPDATE

11-Jan-2022 00:01:42
The UN is aware of media reports of airstrikes in Tigray’s northwest zone that took place on Monday and that led to several civilian casualties reportedly, “however, we have not been able to confirm these reports, nor the number of casualties due to lack of communications in the area,” said a UN Spokesperson. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 11 JANUARY 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

11 JANUARY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Our humanitarian colleagues are telling us that they're aware of media reports of airstrikes in Tigray’s northwest zone that took place yesterday and that led to several civilian casualties reportedly. However, we have not been able to confirm these reports, nor the number of casualties due to lack of communications in the area. As you saw in yesterday statement by the Secretary-General, he is indeed deeply concerned about the impact of the conflict that continues to have on civilians in Ethiopia. Our colleagues in Mekele reported anti-aircraft fired this afternoon, but there's been no indication of bombardment of the city at this time. We, along with our humanitarian partners have reduced movements in the northwest zone of Tigray following the airstrikes that took place Friday night, which reportedly killed more than 50 people and injured many others. We also continue to call on all parties to the conflict immediately facilitate the free and sustain movement of humanitarian workers and supplies into Tigray, including medical supplies to treat civilians injured in recent attacks. The Secretary-General reiterates his call for an immediate cessation of hostilities, including airstrikes and for all parties to adhere to their obligations under international humanitarian law to facilitate humanitarian access and to ensure the protection of civilians including humanitarian actors, premises and sites.”
3. Wide shot, press briefing room
STORYLINE
The UN is aware of media reports of airstrikes in Tigray’s northwest zone that took place on Monday and that led to several civilian casualties reportedly, “however, we have not been able to confirm these reports, nor the number of casualties due to lack of communications in the area,” said a UN Spokesperson.

Speaking to reporters today (11 Jan) in New York, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said that in a statement issued on Monday (10 Jan) by the Secretary-General, the UN chief is “indeed deeply concerned about the impact of the conflict that continues to have on civilians in Ethiopia.”

Dujarric said, “our colleagues in Mekele reported anti-aircraft fired this afternoon, but there's been no indication of bombardment of the city at this time.”

He continued, “we, along with our humanitarian partners have reduced movements in the northwest zone of Tigray following the airstrikes that took place Friday night, which reportedly killed more than 50 people and injured many others.”

The UN Spokesperson added, “we also continue to call on all parties to the conflict immediately facilitate the free and sustain movement of humanitarian workers and supplies into Tigray, including medical supplies to treat civilians injured in recent attacks.”

The Secretary-General reiterated his call for “an immediate cessation of hostilities, including airstrikes and for all parties to adhere to their obligations under international humanitarian law to facilitate humanitarian access and to ensure the protection of civilians including humanitarian actors, premises and sites,” said Dujarric.
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