I am not sure how to correct this sentence.
By providing control of the local population, the rebels had no place to hide among the locals.
"By controlling the local population, the authorities left the rebels with no place to hide."
This way, it's clear who is controlling the population, and you avoid the redundant use of "local/locals." Sometimes solutions are just a matter of adding a bit more explanation, a few more words to clarify what you mean.
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