The Ethiopian government and the United Nations (U.N) have reached an agreement on the provision of access to humanitarian aids.
This was revealed by U.N officials on Wednesday, as they claim that the Ethiopian government has agreed to the provision of aids in Mekelle, the Tigrayan capital.
Ethiopia and Tigray, a powerful region in the north of the country, have been at loggerheads since the 4th of November.
The Ethiopian government accused the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) of destroying public properties and wreaking a havoc on the state.
This led to battles between the giant of the Horn of Africa and the rebellious Tigrayan forces.
The UN, through its refugee agency, warned about the lean supply of food to the more than 100,000 refugees in Ethiopia. At least 46,000 Ethiopians have also taken refuge in neighbouring Sudan, where they are short on food supply, according to the U.N.
Also affected in the food crunch are refugees in Eritrea, Ethiopia’s closest neighbours.
African envoys had called for a truce amid the Ethiopian government’s rejection of mediation from the international community.
Mister Abiy Ahmed, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia said on Monday that Mekelle has been captured, as he revealed that no civilian was hit in the process.
His claims were however rejected by the leader of the TPLF, Debretsion Gebremichael who claimed that the Ethiopian government hit civilians in its onslaught on Mekelle.
The TPLF has refused to back down from its conflict with Ethiopia, denying that the battle is not over, contrary to the claims of Mister Ahmed.
Ethiopia is gearing up for its election in 2021, with political matters forming a part of the reasons for the ongoing conflict.
Mister Ahmed postponed the Ethiopian elections in August, citing COVID-19 as the reason for the decision. The TPLF has accused the Prime Minister of illegally leading government by buying himself more time through postponement of the election.
The TPLF ruled Ethiopia for 27 years before the emergence of Mister Ahmed in 2018.
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