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Government of Tigrai said the Alula Aba Nega International Airport is temporarily shutdown because of fuel shortage

Tigrai Online June, 23, 2022

Advisor to the President of Tigrai and member of the Central Command of Tigrai, Getachew Reda dismissed Ethiopian Government Communication Service claim that the government of Tigrai blocked aid flights to Mekelle airport "Tplf terrorist group blocked aid flights to Mekelle airport." Government of Tigrai said the Alula Aba Nega International Airport is temporarily shutdown because of fuel shortage. The Ethiopian, Eritrean and Amhara Regional governments are maintaining an effective blockade in Tigrai since the start of the genocidal war against the people of Tigrai. The Ethiopian government uses multi pronged attack against the people of Tigrai, siege, blocking humanitarian aid, arresting peaceful Tigrai people in Ethiopia and throwing them in to concentration camps and blocking fuel.

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The Ethiopian Government Communication Service tweeted today the following.

“Tplf terrorist group blocked aid flights to Mekelle airport. The government of Ethiopia in collaboration with the international community,has been facilitating daily air transportation to Tigray for the delivery of pharmaceuticals,medical equipment and nutritional supplements.

The federal government calls on the international community to condemn the recent blockade of flights by the terrorist group and to further investigate the reasons behind it.”

Here is what what Getachew Reda said in response to the Ethiopian government tweet.

“The Ethiopian regime is making specious claims about the blocking by the Government of Tigray of aid flights to/from Mekelle. The airport is temporarily shutdown because of shortage of fuel, the same problem that has made distribution of food to the needy virtually impossible.

We are discussing with the Humanitarian organizations using the airport on a possible way out. It’s our hope and expectation that flights will resume very soon. What the authorities in Addis are doing is blowing this temporary problem out of proportion in order to deflect attention away from the bloody carnage and generated crisis that is claiming the lives of thousands of civilians in Oromia, Gambella, Benishangul-Gumuz and other parts of the country. It’s simply pathetic!”

Janez Lenarčič, European Commissioner for Crisis Management, in charge of European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid. European Emergency Response Coordinator after visiting the capital city of Tigrai, Mekelle for the first time said, “Much of the blockade of #Tigray still remains. The desperate situation requires urgent scaling up so that humanitarian workers can deliver assistance to all in need. Fuel is much needed. Basic services for the population need to be restored. Tigrayans have suffered enough!”

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