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Tigray: Armed Conflict

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL6783, tabled on 9 March 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the situation in Tigray.

Answered on

21 March 2022

We are deeply concerned by the worsening humanitarian crisis in northern Ethiopia. The conflict is causing appalling suffering to the civilian population, with over 400,000 people in Tigray now living in famine-like conditions and almost 30 million in need of urgent humanitarian assistance across the country. The humanitarian response in Tigray is now at standstill owing to the de facto blockade of the region imposed by the Government of Ethiopia since July 2021 and also due to ongoing military action by Tigrayan Defence Forces along the Tigray-Afar border.

We are working with our international partners and humanitarian agencies so that in the event that access is granted or when there is an easing of the blockade relief can be delivered to Tigray as quickly as possible. UK funding to the crisis in the north has included support to help strengthen humanitarian logistics, to improve the security of the response and to augment civil-military coordination. All parties to the conflict in the north must agree a ceasefire and allow aid to reach people in need.