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Ethiopia detains 72 WFP drivers

The United Nations announced that Ethiopia is holding 72 drivers working for the World Food Program in the north of the country, on the only road leading to the Tigray region, which is at risk of famine.

“We confirm that 72 drivers contracted by the World Food Program are being held in Simera, and we are in contact with the Ethiopian government to understand the reasons for their detention,” a UN spokesperson said.

“We call on the government to ensure their safety and the full protection of their legal and human rights,” he added.

“Many of these have been released, but at least nine are still being held,” said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

Last week, Ethiopia declared a state of emergency in all parts of the country for a period of six months, with growing fears that the fighters of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front and their allies from the Oromo Liberation Army would advance towards the capital, Addis Ababa.

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