The Ethiopian government announced on Saturday that it had begun sending the equivalent of around $90 million to the capital of Tigray to restart banking services in the war-torn region.
As per Prime Minister Abiy's decision, the National Bank has started sending five billion birr to Mekele for distribution from Monday
," tweeted Redwan Hussein, national security adviser to Abiy Ahmed.
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He added that from Saturday, the national carrier Ethiopian Airlines was increasing the number of its flights to the region from three to five a day.
On Friday, the Prime Minister met for the first time with Tigrayan leaders since a peace agreement signed in November, after a bloody conflict between the federal government and the rebels in this region of northern Ethiopia.
The November 2 peace agreement in Pretoria, South Africa, notably provides for the disarmament of rebel forces, the restoration of federal authority in Tigray and the reopening of access and communications to this region cut off from the world since mid-2021. .
Since the agreement was signed in the South African capital, the fighting has stopped and aid deliveries to Tigray have resumed, knowing that this region has long been facing serious shortages of food, fuel, money and medications.
The war, which broke out in November 2020, has displaced more than two million people and placed hundreds of thousands in near-starvation conditions, according to the UN.
The United States puts the death toll at 500,000.