Rebels in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray say no food aid has reached the area despite the government announcing a unilateral truce last week to allow in humanitarian assistance to millions facing starvation.
They say “convoys of trucks carrying food and medicine are still waiting for clearance to Tigray, which has received no deliveries since mid-December.”
The UN chief has also urged the authorities to ‘restore public services in Tigray, including banking, electricity and telecommunications’ that have been cut off since the conflict begun in November 2020.
Humanitarian agencies are facing severe shortages of fuel and cash to carry out their work.
The government has been accused of imposing a blockade, which it has denied.
Rebels have also faced allegations of ‘blocking deliveries’ because of ongoing fighting in the Afar region the easiest land route into Tigray.
No aid delivered to Tigray despite truce