Concern over lack of medicine in northern Ethiopia
BBC World Service
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says it is profoundly concerned over the lack of medicine and medical equipment in northern Ethiopia, where a conflict has been fought for more than a year.
The ICRC says in Amhara and Afar regions people with chronic diseases are dying every day and women are giving birth at home, as health facilities are not functional.
Many are without electricity or water and some have closed for lack of supplies.
The ICRC says the ability to deliver humanitarian assistance is seriously hampered by a combination of fighting, insecurity and restrictions.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says that despite repeated requests to the Ethiopian government, it still has no access to Tigray - where 14 months of war have created a humanitarian crisis.
A WHO senior official said he'd received letters from doctors in the northern region who had run out of basic treatments for illnesses such as diabetes.
The head of the organisation, Tedros Ghebreyesus - who is from Tigray - said the region's population of seven million had been under siege for more than a year.
He said this had created a "hell" in the region and was an "insult to our humanity to allow a situation like this to continue".
"Nowhere in the world are we witnessing hell like in Tigray," he said.
Drone strikes kill 17 in Tigray - aid workers
strikes have killed at least 17 people in Ethiopia’s war-torn region of Tigray, aid
workers have said.
The incidents follow two similar attacks on two camps last
week which killed around 60 refugees and internally displaced people.
Yesterday a flour mill was hit. Most those killed in the air strike in the town of Mai Tsebri were reportedly women.
The BBC has not independently confirmed the latest reports.
While there has been a lull in fighting on the ground after Tigrayan forces retreated from neighbouring Amhara and Afar, aerial attacks have continued forcing the United Nations (UN) to suspend operations in some areas of Tigray last week.
The United Nations Children's Fund has said that attacks on displacement camps could amount to war crimes.
United Nations and US President Joe Biden have raised concerns over
continued aerial attacks causing civilian deaths.
Aid agencies halt work in Tigray zone after air strike
Aid agencies have suspended operations in a zone of Ethiopia's northern Tigray
region where dozens of people were killed in an air strike, the UN says.
ongoing threats of drone strikes" left them little choice but to halt activities, the UN’s humanitarian agency Ocha has said.
UN may halt aid operations in Tigray over shortages
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UN has warned that it will have to suspend operations by its aid agencies if no
supplies are allowed into Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray soon.
humanitarian aid has reached the region since mid-December and a spokesperson
for the UN chief says the humanitarian situation continues to
UN and non-governmental organisations will be forced to cease operations if
humanitarian supplies, fuel and cash are not delivered to Tigray very soon,”
Stéphane Dujarric, the spokesman for the UN's secretary general, told journalists in New York.
said aid agencies were short of cash to buy local supplies and pay local staff
and were also running out of fuel to transport aid and staff.
Quote Message: Without fuel we can't move - you can't move food trucks" from Stéphane Dujarric
Without fuel we can't move - you can't move food trucks"
Renewed fighting and insecurity have affected the movement of humanitarian supplies along the only available route from Semera, the regional capital of the neighbouring Afar region, to Tigray through Abala.
The UN estimates that 100 trucks need to be getting into Tigray daily but since mid-July less 12% than of the needed trucks have made it through.
Medical staff in
Ethiopia's war-hit Tigray region say patients - including children - are dying as a result of a
blockade that's preventing medicine and other life-saving supplies from
Doctors from the region's biggest facility in Mekelle
say surgeries have not been possible due to a lack
of intravenous fluids and anaesthetics.
The conflict has deeply divided the Ethiopian community in Washington DC - the largest in the US.
UN orders investigation into Ethiopia war abuses
Africa editor, BBC World Service
The United Nations Human Rights Council has ordered an international investigation into abuses carried out during the conflict in Ethiopia.
The European Union had called for a special sitting of the council in Geneva after rights groups said violations committed during more than a year of conflict might amount to war crimes.
Ethiopia has dismissed the move as politically motivated. The UN rights council again warned that all sides in the civil war were committing severe violations.
It said there was a risk to the entire region and called on all parties to pull back.
All sides in Ethiopia war violating rights - UN
BBC World Service
The United Nations (UN) has again warned that all sides in Ethiopia's civil war are committing severe human rights violations.
There was a risk to the entire region and all parties must pull back, the UN said at a meeting of its Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Instigated by the European Union, the session will decide whether to appoint an international team to investigate violations that rights groups say may amount to war crimes.
Ethiopia has dismissed the move as politically motivated. The meeting would embolden the Tigrayan rebels, its ambassador in Geneva said.
Mass arrests by the government continue, and 5-7,000 people are detained, including UN staff, the international body says.
UN due to hold urgent session on Ethiopia
BBC News, Geneva
The United Nations Human Rights Council will hold an urgent session on Ethiopia, amid reports of further atrocities in the Tigray region.
The Friday session, which was requested by the European Union, will decide whether to appoint an international team to investigate violations that human rights groups say may amount to war crimes.
The conflict in Tigray broke out in November last year, when the Ethiopian government sent troops into the region to put down the Tigray People’s Liberation Front - after its fighters captured federal military bases there.
Just last month the UN produced a 100-page report detailing major violations in Tigray, including the shelling of towns, killing of civilians, and widespread sexual violence.
This week Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch detailed further atrocities: mass detention, torture, and the forced displacement of large sections of the Tigrayan population.
UN aid agencies have limited access – many communities are reportedly on the verge of starvation.
The European Union says the UN Human Rights Council has a moral obligation to prevent further violations, and ensure justice for victims – member states want the council to appoint international investigators.
Ethiopia has dismissed the move as politically motivated.