Conflict & Justice

Rights Group Claims French-Led Offensive in Mali has Caused Civilian Deaths and Ethnic Reprisals

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Destroyed vehicles in Gao, Mali. (Photo: REUTERS/Adama Diarra)

As France's President prepares to visit Mali this weekend, Amnesty International is claiming that the French-led offensive in the north has caused civilian deaths and ethnic reprisals.

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France sent 3,500 troops to Mali in a rapid campaign to oust Islamists linked to al-Qaeda.

Human rights groups say what appears to be a successful campaign has come at great cost to the country.

Laura Lynch reports from Bamako.