The United Nations and partners continue to engage at the highest levels with the Government of Ethiopia to work out operational details and guarantee access for humanitarian workers and supplies to respond to people affected by the conflict in Tigray. OCHA has put in place an information sharing and clearance mechanism that involves the Logistics Cluster, NDRMC and the Ministry of Peace (MoP) to ensure safe and secure access to Tigray and bordering areas in Amhara and Afar Regions.
The NDRMC is establishing Incident Command Posts in Dansha/Gondar, Alamata, Humera and Shire. The Emergency Coordnation Center in Mekelle has been established and held their first meeting on 1 January to coordinate humanitarian response to people affected by the conflict, as the first convoys of humanitarian commodities arrived in Mekelle.
UNHCR and partners on the ground in Shire Town are making efforts to coordinate response to refugees as much as the security situation allows.