The World Food Programme (WFP) imports 700,000 liters of petroleum for its humanitarian operations in Tigray.
14 fuel tankers from Djibouti, carrying over 700,000 liters of gasoline, are currently staging in Semera in preparation to join a convoy into Mekelle. It is the first successful fuel import that took place under the initial humanitarian waiver issued in June.
The UN recommends that two million liters of fuel be supplied each month to relief agencies helping the people of Tigray. The federal government has already given a waiver for the WFP to import the fuel.
The latest import comes as aid agencies in Tigray await the delivery of 334,000 liters of fuel to transport 42,000 tons of food supplies across Tigray region, according to the UN-OCHA. The food supplies are currently stored in warehouses administered by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which is currently leading the region.
The party has been pressing the federal government to grant unrestricted access for humanitarian aid, including the transfer of fuel to move goods around the people living in the region.
Up until mid-July, one million liters of petroleum had been delivered to the Tigray region over a four-month period. The first humanitarian fuel deliveries to the area since June 21 were made on July 21 and 23, when two tankers were sent to Tigray with an estimated 96,000 liters of fuel for use by aid workers.
Mekelle, the capital of Tigray, received more than 260 tons of fertilizer on July 17 and approximately 2,000 tons of fertilizer supplies in a second convoy on July 19, according to the UN.
Redwan Hussien, security advisor to the Prime Minister, in his tweet this week, said “the issue of fuel has also been addressed and hailed by all.”
He downplayed the calls by UN and US envoys who have urged the federal government to allow unfettered humanitarian access to Tigray and the Afar and Amhara neighboring regions affected by the conflict.
“Their joint statement rehashed the saga of ‘unfettered humanitarian access’ which has already been long addressed with no limit on the number of flights; and none either on the number of trucks carrying aid,” Redwan said.
Source: The Reporter