Why did civil war resume in Ethiopia?

Alex de Waal, BBC Africa Analyst


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In Ethiopia, the war between the federal government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) has resumed in full force. There is uncertainty about the return to negotiations.

Both sides agree that the first bullet that started the conflict was fired from the town of Kobo, on the southern borders of Tigray, in the early morning of August 24. Both sides blame each other.

According to information from Western diplomats, the Ethiopian National Defense Force and its ally Amhara militia known as Fano had dispatched a large military force to the region in the previous weeks.