Ethiopia: Aid agencies suspend work in northwestern Tigray after deadly strike | News | DW

Aid agencies have suspended operations in an area of ​​Tigray in Ethiopia after 56 civilians were killed in an airstrike, the United Nations said on Sunday.

“Humanitarian partners have suspended activities in the region due to persistent threats of drone strikes,” the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement.

According to the main hospital in the region, 126 people were injured.

OCHA said a lack of medicine, fuel and other essentials “severely disrupted the response to the injured and (a) led to the near total collapse of Tigray’s health system.”

“The escalation of airstrikes is alarming, and we once again remind all parties to the conflict to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law,” he said.

What we know about the strike

Friday’s midnight attack targeted a camp for internally displaced people in the town of Dedebit in northwestern Tigray.

It came just hours after the Ethiopian government called for “national reconciliation,” announcing amnesty for opposition leaders from several ethnic groups and top officials of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) .

Reports of airstrike could not be independently identified as access to Tigray is restricted and the region remains subject to a communications failure.

“Massive civilian casualties”

The UN aid agency reported last month that airstrikes on Tigray between December 19 and 24 caused “massive civilian casualties.”

Earlier this month, the UN said three Eritrean refugees, including two children, were killed in an airstrike on a refugee camp in Tigray on Wednesday.

Tigray in Ethiopia, a mountainous region of 5 million people, has been ravaged by a war that broke out between Tigrayian forces and Federal troops 14 months ago.

The war threatened to tear apart Africa’s second most populous country.

Three Eritrean refugees, including two children, were killed in an airstrike in a camp in Tigray, according to the United Nations refugee agency.

adi / aw (AFP, Reuters)

Maria D. Ervin