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Food and fuel running out in capital of Ethiopia's war-torn Tigray region

July 3, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Food and fuel is running out in the capital of Ethiopia's war-torn northern Tigray region, a CNN producer on the ground in Mekelle reports.

(CNN)Food and fuel is running out in the capital of Ethiopia's war-torn northern Tigray region, a CNN producer on the ground in Mekelle reports.

But on Saturday, CNN was able to reach its producer on the ground who reports a blockade on Tigray by Ethiopian forces has been ongoing since June 25.

In a statement ahead of the UN Security Council's first open meeting on Tigray on Friday, Oxfam said: "There are now more than 350,000 people in a hunger catastrophe in Ethiopia, and this is a crucial time for farmers to plant crops.

At the UN Security Council meeting on Friday, United States ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said: "Humanitarian workers are reporting that it is more difficult to reach desperate people in Tigray now than it was just a week ago.

The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a Friday statement that the international community should urge Tigrayan forces to abide by the unilateral ceasefire, adding that Ethiopia cannot afford to guarantee the protection of humanitarian operators in Tigray "unless the terrorist element in the region is forced to accept the ceasefire. "

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