USAID’s director from Ethiopia says TPLF has looted warehouses of the aid organization in recent weeks.
Troops from the Tigray region in Ethiopia have looted warehouses belonging to the US government’s humanitarian agency in the Amhara region in recent weeks, the director of USAID in Ethiopia said.
War broke out in the mountainous region in November between Ethiopian troops and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which controls the region. The conflict killed thousands of people and caused a humanitarian crisis.
After taking control of most of Tigray in late June and early July, Tigrayan forces invaded neighboring Afar and Amhara regions and displaced hundreds of thousands more.
“We have evidence that several of our warehouses were looted and completely emptied in the areas, especially in Amhara, where TPLF soldiers entered,” director Sean Jones told state broadcaster EBC in an interview Tuesday. was televised.
“I believe the TPLF was very opportunistic,” he added.
Representatives of the TPLF and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Up to 900,000 people in Tigray are already starving, while five million others are in dire need of humanitarian aid, USAID estimates.
For the first time in nine months of war, aid workers will receive too little food this week to deliver to millions of starving people, the head of USAID said last week, blaming the government for restricting access.
The Tigraian forces and the federal government have repeatedly traded accusations of obstruction of the flow of aid.