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Ethiopian crisis: WFP says 100 food trucks reach Tigray regional capital

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP) says over 100 trucks with food have arrived in the capital of Ethiopia's troubled Tigray region, Mekelle.

In a tweet, WFP Ethiopia said the WFP-led convoy arrived safely in Mekelle carrying 3,500 tons of food and other lifesaving humanitarian cargo.

"WFP & partners will continue trying to ensure supplies flow in at scale to meet the urgent needs across Northern Ethiopia," it said.

The UN warned last Thursday that the aid crisis in Tigray region was worsening with stocks of relief aid, cash and fuel “running very low or depleted”. 

The UN aid coordination office (OCHA) said since 12 July, less than 10 per cent of the trucks that should have reached desperate populations affected by months of fighting, have managed to get through. 

It noted in a statement that the only access route to Tigray, via Afar region using the Semera-Abala corridor, has been inaccessible since the 22nd of August. 

Humanitarian partners estimate that 100 trucks of food, non-food items, and fuel need to enter Tigray every day to sustain an adequate response.  

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