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Ethiopian Military Targets Rebels Accused of Killing Civilians

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed

Photographer: Valeria Mongelli/Bloomberg

The Ethiopian military has begun an offensive against rebels accused of killing civilians in the west of the country last week, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said. 

About 40 civilians were killed in the Gambella region on June 14, while more than 200 died in the Gimbi area in western Oromia four days later, according to the government, which blames the Gambella Liberation Front and the Oromo Liberation Army for the violence. Ethnic Amharas were targeted in the latter attack.