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The Guardian report: Young men take up arms in northern Ethiopia as atrocities fuel insurgency

Anger over violence that UN says could amount to war crimes drives recruitment in Tigray

A man mourns the victims of a massacre allegedly perpetrated by Eritrean soldiers in the village of Dengolat
 A man mourns the victims of a massacre allegedly perpetrated by Eritrean soldiers in the village of Dengolat. Photograph: Eduardo Soteras/AFP/Getty Images

Ethiopian troops and their allies in the restive northern province of Tigray face a growing insurgency fuelled by a series of massacres and other violence targeting civilians.

The country’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, launched a military offensive four months ago to “restore the rule of law” by ousting the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the political party in power in the province, following rising tensions and a surprise attack on a federal army base.

Despite government claims of a significant improvement in the security situation in recent weeks, tens of thousands of Ethiopian troops and soldiers sent by neighbouring Eritrea to support Addis Ababa’s military operations appear to be facing continuing resistance.

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