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The agencies said Ethiopia’s Tigray was still waiting for aid as the United States called for immediate help.

Aid to Ethiopia’s war-torn Tigray region has yet to resume despite a recent truce, international humanitarian agencies say, even though aid to Ethiopia’s war-torn Tigray region has yet to resume, international humanitarian agencies say when the United States had urged Addis Ababa to honor the agreement and allow assistance.

Below a truce was signed on November 2 between the Ethiopian government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the party that controls Tigray, the federal government is committed to working with humanitarian agencies to expedite the delivery of aid.

But it has not committed to a specific timeline and it has refused containment aid.

On Friday, Ethiopia’s chief negotiator said essential services were being restored and humanitarian aid was pouring into a region of about 5.5 million people, half of whom are in dire need of food. after a two-year conflict.

The two sides are currently negotiating the implementation of that agreement, including the resumption of aid delivery.

International aid agencies say they have been blocked from sending assistance to Tigray for much of the conflict.

Three officials at international humanitarian organizations said that despite the truce, their convoy was still waiting for permission from authorities to enter the area.

The US State Department’s Department of African Affairs has urged a swift resolution.

“Vulnerable Ethiopians in Tigray, Afar and Amhara now need aid,” it said on Twitter, referring to neighboring areas affected by the war. “Is urgently waiting for actions to respect and implement the agreement.”

It also quoted the Ethiopian government’s chief negotiator, Redwan Hussein, as saying during continuing talks in Nairobi that aid would go unhindered “by the end of the week”.

Redwan, who is also the national security adviser, insisted on Friday that “there were no obstructions related to aid”.

“Aid is still flowing like never before,” he said on Twitter, adding that 35 food trucks and 3 medicine trucks have arrived in the northern Shire city and services are underway. reconnect.

However, another official familiar with the humanitarian situation said Redwan may have been talking about Ethiopian trucks, while international agencies cannot move freely.

Redwan did not respond to a request for comment.

Ethiopia’s National Disaster Risk Management Committee, which coordinates Ethiopia’s aid, said it would provide an update later on Friday.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Ethiopia did not respond to a request for comment.

Against this backdrop, African Union-brokered negotiations between the Ethiopian government and representatives of Tigray continued in Nairobi on Friday, with military commanders trying to work out the details. on the disarmament of Tigray’s forces. The resumption of aid distribution activities is also on the agenda.

Observers have expressed concern about when the Eritrean and other forces not participating in the ceasefire will withdraw. Eritrea’s government has said nothing about whether it will withdraw its troops and comply with the truce.

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