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95 rebel groups surrender in Ethiopia

A total of 95 Ethiopian rebels surrendered to Ethiopian authorities over the weekend, Ethiopia’s state owned news medium, Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC), reported on Monday.

The EBC said the rebels are members of an ethnic rebel group, Benishangul Gumuz Liberation Movement (BGLM), operating in Ethiopia’s border regions adjoining Eritrea and Sudan.

Ethiopia alleged BGLM and other rebel groups were supported by arch rival Eritrea.

Ethiopian rebel fighters

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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