Ethiopia on Thursday expelled seven UN aid workers, including Mr Adele Khodr, the Unicef Country Representative for Ethiopia, over claims of interference with the country’s internal affairs.
The top UN officials from various UN agencies were ordered to leave the country within 72 hours. The Ethiopian government has issued a statement detailing some of the breaches allegedly committed by the UN staff.
In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ethiopian government accused the UN officials of diverting humanitarian aid and transferring communication equipment to be used by Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), a rebel group which is fighting the Ethiopian army and its allied regional and Eritrean forces in northern part of the country.
It also accused the UN officials of violating “agreed security arrangements” and for “continued reticence in demanding the return of more than 400 trucks commandeered by the TPLF for military mobilisation and for the transportation of its forces since July 2021.”
Addis Ababa further accused the individuals of “disseminating misleading information and politicising humanitarian aid.”