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Ethiopia’s forces shoot at, detain UN staffers in Tigray

Ethiopia’s security forces shot at and detained United Nations staffers as they tried to reach part of the embattled Tigray region, a senior official said Tuesday, and he blamed the U.N. staffers for trying to reach areas where “they were not supposed to go.” (AP)

The shooting occurred amid soaring frustration among humanitarian officials as desperately needed aid is still not freely reaching the Tigray region more than a week after the U.N. and Ethiopia’s government signed a deal for access. (AP)

The senior government official, Redwan Hussein, told reporters that the U.N. employees “broke” two checkpoints and were trying to go through a third when they were fired upon. He said the staffers have since been released. (AP)

A spokesman for the U.N., Stephane Dujarric, said the report about the shooting was alarming. (The Week)

In New York, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said there were four people in the convoy. “They were trying to kind of do an assessment of of roads before, obviously, and this needs to be done before a larger UN aid convoys go in.” (Al Jazeera)

Source: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/12/8/warnings-intensify-as-badly-needed-aid-still-not-reaching-tigray

Source: https://theweek.com/speedreads/954024/ethiopian-security-forces-reportedly-shot-un-staffers-tigray

Source: https://apnews.com/article/africa-ethiopia-united-nations-kenya-f945a81239325a418ee22f123058f39f

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