WHO describes Ethiopia's health care access blockage as 'unacceptable'

in June 26th, 2021

FILE PHOTO: A woman is taken to Ayder Referral Hospital, in Mekelle, after an airstrike in Togoga, Ethiopia's Tigray region June 22, 2021. Tigray Guardians 24 via REUTERS

GENEVA (Reuters) - World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday that ambulances had been blocked from reaching victims of an air strike in Ethiopia's Tigray region this week, describing as "unacceptable" the denial of access to heath care for victims.

"Attacks on civilians anywhere are completely unacceptable and so is denying them access to immediate care," Tedros, who is Tigrayan, told a briefing. Ethiopia's military has denied that any civilians were among the dozens of people killed in the air strike, saying all those struck were combatants.