French foreign legionnaires take position outside Marakala, central Mali, some 240kms (140 miles) from Bamako Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. French troops in armored personnel carriers rolled through the streets of Diabaly on Monday, winning praise from residents of this besieged town after Malian forces retook control of it with French help a week after radical Islamists invaded. The Islamists also have deserted the town of Douentza, which they had held since September, according to a local official who said French and Malian forces arrived there on Monday as well. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
DJENNE, Mali (AP) — A France-based human rights group is warning about dozens of "summary executions" and other abuses allegedly committed by Malian troops as they counter-attack jihadists holed up in the West African country's hinterlands.
The International Federation for Human Rights, or FIDH by its French acronym, is calling for the creation of an independent commission to look into the crimes and punish those responsible.
The group said Wednesday that Malian forces were behind about 33 killings — including of ethnic Tuaregs — since Jan. 10 along the narrow belt between the government-controlled south and the north.
FIDH didn't specify the source of its information. Journalists have been refused access to the area while trying to cover the French intervention that began Jan. 11 in support of Malian forces against the jihadists.
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