June 28, 2021 — The government of the United States has strongly condemned Thursday’s killing of three humanitarian aides in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, calling for an independent investigation and for the criminals to be brought to book.
In a statement seen by Nyamilepedia, Ned Price, the US State Department Spokesperson says, they are shocked by death of three Doctors working for MSFs in Tigray region adding that the attack on humanitarian workers are indefensible and must cease immediately.
“We are appalled and deeply saddened to learn about the horrific killings of three Doctors Without Borders staff members in Ethiopia’s Tigray region today [Thursday],”he said in a statement.
The United States calls for cessation of hostilities saying that they are essential to ensure that humanitarian aid workers can work safely to assist deprived citizens.
“A cessation of hostilities is essential to ensure that humanitarian workers can safely assist citizens, prevent further suffering, and address the myriad challenges, including famine,” it added.
The Interim Administration of Tigray, Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) reported, also condemned the latest targeted attack by the Popular Struggle for the Freedom of Tigray (TPLF) against the employees of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF).
“The Interim Administration in Tigray strongly condemns the terrorist acts of the ‘TPLF’ and allied element armed groups claiming to be active in Tigray under any banner who have continued their dead end desperate and heinous criminal acts targeting Relief and aid workers operating in Tigray,” Abraham Belay, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) said in a statement.
The latest targeted attack against MSF lifesaving team Maria Hernandez (Coordinator), Yohannes Halefom (Assistant Coordinator) and Tedros Gebremariam (Driver) of the organization murdered in Tigray on 24 June 2021 has gravely saddened the Interim Administration in Tigray.
Belay further extended the high call to all concerned to loudly condemn this “insane act of terror” against the relief and lifesaving efforts by different organizations in different parts of Tigray.
“At this juncture the interim administration affirms its strongest commitments to implement coordinated relief and aid service works in affected areas in collaboration with the concerned bodies of the federal government of Ethiopia,” he explained.
The government officials encouraged resilience and maximum warnings in some areas where these agents of strife are hiding, taking the public as a shield.