"Violence and destruction have reached alarming levels. The social fabric is being ripped apart," Guterres warned.
On Monday, United Nations Secretary Antonio Guterres called for an end to hostilities in Ethiopia's Tigray region, including the withdrawal of Eritrean troops.
"The situation in Ethiopia is spiraling out of control. Violence and destruction have reached alarming levels. The social fabric is being ripped apart," Guterres said, adding that "hostilities in the Tigray region of Ethiopia must end now, including the immediate withdrawal and disengagement of Eritrean armed forces from Ethiopia. There is no military solution."
"The United Nations is ready to support the African Union in every possible way to end this nightmare for the Ethiopian people. We need the urgent resumption of talks toward an effective, lasting political settlement. The international community must rally together now for peace in Ethiopia," he added.
Civilians are paying a horrific price. Indiscriminate attacks, including in residential areas, are killing more innocent people every day, damaging critical infrastructure and limiting access to vital services.
Thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes since hostilities resumed in August, many of them for the second time. There are also disturbing reports of sexual violence and other acts of brutality against women, children and men, the UN chief said, asking all parties to adhere to their obligations under international humanitarian law and to protect civilians and humanitarian workers.
The barbaric armies of Ethiopia & Eritrea once again vowed to intensify massacre, sexual violence & complete destruction of #Tigray.— Mesigal 70 (@Mesigal7) October 17, 2022
Time for the IC to take actions!@SecBlinken @POTUS @antonioguterres @UN @EU_Commission #StopWaeOnTigray #TigrayIsUnderAttack pic.twitter.com/72o3aGmsEy
Thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes since hostilities resumed in August. There are also disturbing reports of sexual violence and other acts of brutality against women, children and men, the UN chief said, asking all parties to adhere to their obligations under international humanitarian law and to protect civilians and humanitarian workers.
The level of humanitarian need is staggering. Even before the resumption of hostilities, 13 million people required food and other support across Tigray, Amhara and Afar. Deliveries of aid into Tigray have been suspended for more than seven weeks, and assistance to neighboring Amhara and Afar has also been disrupted.
All parties must allow and facilitate the rapid and unimpeded passage of humanitarian relief for all civilians in need, Guterres said, pointing out that crises like Ethiopia should not be sidelined as the world's attention is focused on the conflict in Ukraine.
"We need to pay a lot of attention necessarily to the crisis in Ukraine that is of global dimension. But we can not forget crises like the Ethiopian one, where the level of suffering and the people, the number of casualties are absolutely gigantic," he said.
An armed conflict between government-allied troops and the rebel Tigray People's Liberation Front broke out in Tigray in Nov. 2020. Conflict resumed in August 2022 after a lull.
#VideoViral #Ethiopia #drought A serious drought situation is occurring in Ethiopia. Water is becoming a very serious issue in many parts of the world pic.twitter.com/6K7xhqoqmU— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) February 3, 2022