Humanitarian situation in Tigray is dire: UN

The United Nations has expressed concerns at the humanitarian situation in Tigray region in Ethiopia. 

“In Ethiopia, the humanitarian situation in Tigray remains dire. While there has been substantial improvement in humanitarian access, active hostilities have been reported in the north-western, central, eastern, south-eastern and southern zones.  
Some humanitarian partners have accessed the towns of Gijet and Samre, in the southern and south-eastern zones. They reported that most of the population in these towns has fled. The Alamata-Mekelle-Adigrat-Shire road remains partially accessible.   
According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) an estimated 2.5 million people in rural Tigray have not had access to essential services over the last five months. The conflict continues to drive massive displacement across the region, with tens of thousands of people moving towards urban areas, including to Mekelle and Shire. According to a recent assessment report, there could be as many as 450,000 people displaced in Shire.   
The UN humanitarian partners are grappling with capacity and resource challenges as they scale up the response, which remains inadequate for the estimated 4.5 million people who need life-saving assistance.”, the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General. Stéphane Dujarric told correspondents at a regular press briefing.  

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