ETHIOPIA CRISIS

UN to 'evacuate families of international staff from Ethiopia'

An internal UN security order asked the organisation to "coordinate the evacuation".

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•An internal UN security order asked the organisation to "coordinate the evacuation".

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed
Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed
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UN will evacuate families of international staff from Ethiopia, the AFP reports.

An internal UN security order asked the organisation to "coordinate the evacuation and ensure that all eligible family members of internationally recruited staff depart from Ethiopia no later than 25 November 2021."

Last week, the United Nations said it had released emergency funds to help provide life-saving humanitarian assistance and protection to civilians caught up in Ethiopia's spiralling conflict.

UN aid chief Martin Griffiths said he had released a total of $40 million aimed at scaling up emergency operations in the Tigray region and the rest of Ethiopia's conflict-hit north, and as an early response to drought in the south of the country.

"Millions of people in northern Ethiopia are living on a knife-edge as the humanitarian crisis is growing deeper and wider," said Griffiths, who just returned from a visit to Ethiopia.

"Across the country, needs are rising."

A year of fighting in Ethiopia between Tigrayan rebels and government forces has left hundreds of thousands in famine-like conditions.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent troops into Tigray last November to topple the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), a move he said came in response to rebel attacks on army camps.

Though the 2019 Nobel Peace laureate vowed a swift victory, by late June the TPLF had retaken most of Tigray before expanding into the Amhara and Afar regions.