UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- There is progress in gaining access to the hundreds of thousands of people in Tigray, Ethiopia, who face mounting food and water shortages, malnutrition and disease, UN humanitarians said on Friday.
"The road between Gondar and Shire has been accessible in the past days and humanitarian partners have provided assistance to the people in Shire for the first time since the conflict began two and half months ago," the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.
Still, humanitarian relief operations continue to be constrained by the lack of full, safe and unhindered access to Tigray caused by both insecurity and bureaucratic obstacles imposed by federal and regional authorities, the office said in a release.
"The need to engage with multiple actors for approval to access certain areas is hampering operations," OCHA said.
The United Nations is appealing for immediate clearances and the safe passage of humanitarian personnel and supplies to the Tigray region "to make sure we are able to reach all people who need assistance." Enditem