July 1, 2022

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WHO says Ethiopia has withheld humanitarian aid to Tigris since mid-July 2021

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The World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday revealed that Ethiopian authorities have been blocking the supply of drugs and medical equipment to Tigray since mid-July 2021 in the wake of the armed conflict.

Geneva-based UN The World Health Organization (WHO) has responded to allegations by Addis Ababa officials against Ethiopia’s Tetros Adonom Caprais, who abused his position to interfere in the country’s internal affairs. Addis Ababa, the head of the WHO from Tigre, also accuses Tigray of “harmful misinformation” and “misconduct” regarding armed conflict and of taking the cause of Tigre’s Liberation to People of Tigre (TPLF) rebels. ), Enemies of the Ethiopian government in the war in Tigris.

In a statement copied to the Anatolian Agency, the WHO said that from mid-July 2021 Diegre was not allowed to provide medical assistance, as Ethiopia’s Prime Minister’s Office and Ministry of Foreign Affairs had immediate and immediate access to the province where federal government forces were fighting TPLF rebels.

Thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced since the outbreak of armed conflict, while hundreds of thousands of people are facing starvation-like conditions.

The WHO has confirmed that it is aware of a note issued by the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the organization’s executive committee against its director, Tetros Adanom Caprais.

“The WHO will continue to appeal to the Ethiopian government to allow the provision of humanitarian assistance for the benefit of the 7 million people in Tigris who are under a ‘real siege’ of humanitarian aid,” the statement said.

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Ethiopian diplomacy on Thursday announced the capture of the WHO executive committee following reports by Tetros Adanom Caprais, according to which the federal government is blocking humanitarian aid to Tigris, an accusation denied by Addis Ababa.

In its address to the WHO Executive Committee, the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the position of Director of the WHO would be detrimental to the “integrity of the organization”.

Ethiopian diplomacy accuses the WHO director of interfering in the country’s internal affairs, particularly in relations between Addis Ababa and Asmara.

On November 4, 2020, clashes erupted between the Ethiopian army and TPLF rebels in the Tigre region, after government forces entered the province in retaliation for an attack on a military base, just before the announcement of Addis Ababa on the 28th of the same month. The “law and order” operation has come to an end with the control of the entire region.

* Translated by Majdi Ismail from Arabic


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