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Ethiopia, U.N. Reach Deal To Allow 'Unimpeded' Access For Aid Groups In Tigray

Added 12-02-20 12:07:02pm EST - “The United Nations' humanitarian agency announced the agreement Wednesday. Since fighting began in the disputed region roughly a month ago, tens of thousands of residents have fled for Sudan.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Ethiopia, U.N. Reach Deal To Allow 'Unimpeded' Access For Aid Groups In Tigray”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A child plays in front of a hotel damaged by mortar shelling last month in Humera, in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. On Wednesday, United Nations officials announced that they had reached a deal with Ethiopian leaders to allow humanitarian groups access to the disputed region. Eduardo Soteras/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

A child plays in front of a hotel damaged by mortar shelling last month in Humera, in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. On Wednesday, United Nations officials announced that they had reached a deal with Ethiopian leaders to allow humanitarian groups access to the disputed region.

After weeks of bloody conflict in the northernmost reaches of Ethiopia, international aid groups have obtained access to its war-torn region of Tigray. The United Nations said Wednesday that it has reached a deal with Ethiopia's government, which opens the door to humanitarian groups seeking to help civilians caught in the internecine fighting.

In a statement emailed to NPR, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs explained that the deal ensures "unimpeded, sustained and secure access for humanitarian personnel and services," specifically in the areas that the federal government controls in Tigray and its bordering regions.

Saviano Abreu, spokesperson for OCHA in East Africa, stressed that all humanitarian missions in the area will be "carried out in compliance with the globally-agreed principles of humanity, impartiality, independence and neutrality."

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