Some 2.3 million children in Ethiopia’s Tigray region are unable to receive humanitarian assistance, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund.
About 2.3 million children in Ethiopia's Tigray region have no access to humanitarian assistance since a conflict started early November, according to the United Nations Children's Fund.
In a statement released on Tuesday, UNICEF said the situation will worsen if access to the children is delayed.
"Protecting these children, many of whom are refugees and internally displaced, and providing them with humanitarian aid must be a priority," it said.
UNICEF also called for "urgent, sustained, unconditional and impartial humanitarian access to all families in need wherever they are".
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2.3 million children in Tigray, Ethiopia, remain cut off from humanitarian aid amid continuing violence.— UNICEF (@UNICEF) December 15, 2020
To save lives, @unicefchief is calling for urgent, sustained, unconditional and impartial humanitarian access.https://t.co/vMvAiDhPHw
Early December, the UN announced that an agreement has been reached with Ethiopia to allow "unimpeded, sustained and secure access" for humanitarian supplies to reach those in need across areas under its control in Tigray.
Ethiopia launched on November 4 a "law enforcement operation" against the Tigray People's Liberation Front whose forces stormed an army camp, looted military hardware and killed soldiers.
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Up to 50,000 Ethiopian refugees who have crossed into eastern Sudan, with some reporting having to evade armed groups to reach safety, according to the UN Refugee Agency.
Early this month, Michelle Bachelet, the UN High commissioner for human rights, said the situation in Ethiopia is "exceedingly worrying, volatile, and distressing" with an urgent need for independent monitoring of the human rights situation in the conflict-stricken Tigray region.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared the end of military operations in the region on November 28 after the fall of the regional capital Mekelle.
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