In a statement released on Friday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres praised Ethiopia’s resolve to allowing relief workers access to the war-torn Tigray region.
The news comes just one day after Mr. Guterres and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met to discuss the dire humanitarian situation in the country’s northern state.
Almost two million people have been displaced by eight months of deadly combat between federal forces and regional troops, with 400,000 in hungers and another 1.8 million on the way.
The Ethiopian government declared a unilateral truce last week, and the United Nations has been pleading for relief and gasoline to be allowed in.
The UN’s humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, warned this week that a lack of gasoline has hampered the delivery of emergency aid and commercial supplies into Tigray, as well as water availability at displacement camps in Mekelle, the regional capital.
Commercial flights to and from the city, which were grounded on June 23, remained paused.
The UN Secretary-General also praised the government’s commitment to using the truce to permit vital humanitarian aid, such as regular UN humanitarian flights into Tigray and agricultural support. All parties must meet their commitments to protect civilians, ensure unrestricted humanitarian access, and adhere to international humanitarian law, says the UN Secretary-General.