United Nations shows concern over attacks on Myanmar security forces

Aug 27, 2017, 00:55
United Nations shows concern over attacks on Myanmar security forces

Thousands of Rohingyas have started gathering at Bangladesh border as fresh fighting erupted in Myanmar's northwestern Rakhine state between Rohingya insurgents and security forces.

An insurgent group known as the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, formerly known as Harakat al-Yaqeen or "Faith Movement" has claimed responsibility for the attack on Twitter.

The fighting-still going on in some areas-marked a major escalation in a simmering conflict in the northwestern state since last October, when similar attacks prompted a big military sweep beset by allegations of serious human rights abuses, Reuters reported.

Myanmar's commander in chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, said on his Facebook page late Friday that the attacks were planned to coincide with the release of a report by former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and to gain attention during the General Assembly next month.

India today expressed seriouse concern on the reports of renewed violence and attacks by terrorists in northern Rakhine State Myanmar.

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The Resident Coordinator urged all parties to refrain from violence, protect civilians, restore law and order and resolve issues through dialogue and peaceful means, according to a spokesperson from the UN Office in Geneva.

"They have fired on civilians, mostly women and children, hiding in the hills near the zero line", Border Guard Bangladesh's (BGB) station chief Manzurul Hassan Khan confirmed. We must not allow our work to be derailed by the violent actions of extremists.

The attack continued till noon and about 15 bodies of the terrorists have been seized so far.

Last October too, Rohingyas had entered Bangladesh after same kind of clashes broke out between the Rohingyas and government forces in Rakhine state.

The Rohingya people have been dubbed "one of the world's most persecuted minorities" by human rights orginisation Amnesty International.

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Several thousand Rohingyas are now occupying a four-mile stretch on the shore of the Naf River in Cox's Bazar's Ukhia, awaiting decisions from Bangladesh authorities.

An emergency ward doctor said two Rohingya men who had been shot in Myanmar entered Bangladesh and were taken to a hospital.

Rohingya are reviled and perceived as illegal immigrants in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, but they have lived in the country also called Burma for generations.

At least 89 people were killed as Rohingya militants besieged border posts in northern Rakhine State on Friday.

The military operation then resulted in some 87,000 Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh and the United Nations accused Myanmar's security forces of likely committing crimes against humanity.

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Amnesty International said the attacks marked a risky escalation of violence in the area.