WFP plane carrying food lands in Tigray from Addis Ababa

Photo of first humanitarian flight to Mekelle City via Addis Ababa. Credit: FANABC

NAIROBI, Kenya - The World Food Programme [WFP] has dispatched a humanitarian plane to the war-torn Tigray, in what is aimed at helping thousands of people who have been struggling with anger and femininity.

The plane was the second to be dispatched from the Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa and hours later has touched down at Tigray’s Alula Aba Nega International Airport in Mekelle today.

This perhaps ending concerns about the commitment of Ethiopia in allowing humanitarian teams to move across Tigray without restrictions.

A few weeks ago, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed had declared a unilateral ceasefire to allow humanitarian teams access to Tigray, where the federal army has been conducting operations in pursuit of Tigray Defense Forces [TDF].

More than thirty individuals and humanitarian personnel are on board, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The first WFP humanitarian aircraft landed at Mekelle Alula Abanega Airport on July 17, 2021, after the announcement of the unilateral ceasefire.

However, there have been concerns about the sincerity of Ethiopia given reports that a convoy carrying humanitarian aid teams was blocked in Afar, a neighboring state with Tigray. WFP had confirmed the incident on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, residents of Addis Ababa this morning staged a demonstration to protest against the TDF and show their support to the defense army. TDF on the other hand accuses the federal government of executing innocent civilians in Tigray.

The demonstration which took place at Meskel Square was attended by government officials, including Deputy Mayor of Addis Ababa city, Adanech Abiebie.

Speaking at the event, Adanech said “our internal and external enemies are working jointly to derail our reform process and journey to prosperity.”

“Together with our people, we will defeat these enemies who are striving to undermine our sovereignty, weaken our unity and deter our journey to prosperity,” she said.

President of Addis Ababa Women’s Association, Huluhagerish Tazeze for her part said the terrorist TPLF is the enemy of both the people of Tigray and Ethiopians.


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