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Ethiopia introduces obligatory escort for humanitarian works

The decision came a day after three MSF workers were killed near Abi Adi in the Tigray region of Ethiopia


The Ethiopian Federal Police Commission said Saturday that humanitarian and charitable organizations working in areas where there are security concerns will have a security escort in place.

According to a report by the Ethiopian news agency, the Ethiopian defense or security forces will provide an escort service to the state media.

The Ethiopian government has warned humanitarian workers operating in the Tigray region to be escorted for their safety, but some humanitarian workers have ignored government advice, federal police said.

“That made humanitarian workers vulnerable to attacks by the terrorist group,” it said. However, the international community does not seem to regard the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) as a terrorist group, despite being officially designated as such by the Ethiopian parliament.

Police introduced the new security rule during a press conference on the murder of three Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) workers in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.

Federal police said that so-called remains of TPLF carried out the killings. According to the federal police, they were killed on Friday around 3 p.m. local time.

It also urged the international community to understand the terrorist nature of TPLF and to cooperate with Ethiopian law enforcement agencies.

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