Intense guerilla warfare has engulfed the Ethiopian province of Eritrea since 1976. On the one hand, the "Popular Front for the Liberation of Eritrea" (P.F.L.E.) enjoys some popular support. It also receives economic and military assistance from Somalia, South Yemen, and Syria. On the other hand, the Eritrean Liberation Front (E.L.F.), like the P.F.L.E., is fighting for "true self-determination" of the Eritrean people, with the backing of Iraq and Saudi Arabia. In addition, the Ethiopian military government is striving to maintain the state's territorial integrity. To this end it receives assistance from the Soviet Union, Cuba and Israel.
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