Ethiopia’s army is trying to rescue 108 women and children abducted in a cross-border raid in the western Gambella region, the government says.
It blamed Friday’s raid, in which 208 people died, on the Murle community from neighbouring South Sudan.
The government said the army has killed 60 of those who carried out the attack.
The Murle have previously been accused of carrying out cattle raids and stealing children to raise as their own.
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said in an address to the nation on Sunday that Ethiopia was seeking permission to cross the border for a joint military operation with South Sudan.
Mr Hailemariam said neither South Sudan’s army nor rebel forces were involved in Friday’s attack.
The prime minister added that “primitive and destructive forces kill people here at various times by moving from place to place”.
The targets of the raid were members of the Nuer ethnic group who live in both South Sudan and Ethiopia, the AFP news agency is reporting.