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Myanmar violence: Rohingya insurgents declare temporary month-long ceasefire

Through Twitter Handle, Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) Has Announced A Temporary Cessation Of Offensive Military Operations To Allow Humanitarian Aid To Reach The Battered Region.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Kajol | Updated on: 10 Sep 2017, 01:21:14 PM
Myanmar violence: Rohingya insurgents declare temporary month-long ceasefire. (File Photo)

New Delhi:

Rohingya militants, the world's most persecuted minority, have declared an immediate unilateral one-month ceasefire. Faced with the barbarity, about 10,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar have rushed into Bangladesh for refuge.

Through twitter handle, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) has announced a temporary cessation of offensive military operations to allow humanitarian aid to reach the battered region.

In order to provide aid delivery to all victims of humanitarian crisis irrespective of ethnic or religious background, the group urged "all humanitarian actors" to resume the aid process.

It recommended Myanmar to "reciprocate humanitarian pause" in fighting, with huge numbers of displaced moving across Rakhine many believed to be in desperate need of help after over two weeks of violence.

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Its Twitter page is often the first to publish ARSA statements or direct readers to videos.

Recent statement was signed by Ata Ullah, who purportedly commands the militants from jungle bases straddling the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.

On 25 August, ARSA has launched coordinated raids using hundreds of militants on around 30 police posts and state forces in northern Rakhine state. The kickback by security forces incited the Rohingya exodus.

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The violence in Myanmar started on Aug. 25, when insurgents attacked Myanmar police and paramilitary posts in what they said was an effort to protect minority Rohingya. In response, the military started what it called "clearance operations" to wipe out the insurgents.

Recently United Nations (UN) has released data on Rohingya Muslims, according to that around nearly 60,000 Rohingyas have arrived in Bangladesh since the violence erupted on August 25.

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First Published : 10 Sep 2017, 01:17:53 PM

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