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(Xinhua) 95 ethnic rebels surrender to Ethiopian government

Posted by: Biniam Tekle

Date: Monday, 10 July 2017

95 ethnic rebels surrender to Ethiopian government

2017-07-10 10:55:30 GMT2017-07-10 18:55:30(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

ADDIS ABABA, June 10 (Xinhua) -- A total of 95 Ethiopian rebels surrendered to Ethiopian authorities over the weekend, Ethiopia's state owned broadcaster Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) reported on Monday.

The 95 rebels are members of an ethnic rebel group Benishangul Gumuz Liberation Movement (BGLM) operating in Ethiopia's border regions adjoining Eritrea and Sudan.

Ethiopia alleges BGLM and other rebel groups are supported by arch rival Eritrea.

Eritrea in turn accuses Ethiopia of supporting Eritrean rebel groups and running an international campaign to isolate the Red Sea nation.

Eritrea had been a province of Ethiopia from 1952 to 1993, until a bitter 30-year armed struggle and a referendum in 1993 gave the Red Sea nation independence from Ethiopia.

The two nations fought a border war between 1998 and 2000 that left an estimated 70,000 people dead from both sides.

Since then the common border between Eritrea and Ethiopia has had an uneasy calm punctuated by sporadic armed flare ups.

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