Violence Between Buddhists and Muslims in Myanmar/Burma Escalates Dramatically

Jenna Warner
August 29, 2017

Sunday's assaults come a day after violence broke out in western Rakhine state when around 100 armed Muslim insurgents attacked security guards in the border region with Bangladesh.

Advocates for the Rohingya on social media have been reporting many army raids on villages, including killings and the burning down of homes.

Pope Francis' appeal came after fighting between the Rohingya and the regular Burmese army on Friday in the city of Maungdaw, which is reported to be the worst since October of past year, and has prompted evacuations from the area of government personnel and of non-Muslims.

The office of the country's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, said on Friday that military and border police responded to the attacks by launching "clearance operations".

At least 104 people, including 12 members of the security forces, have been killed in Rakhine state after Rohingya militants called the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army attacked police on Friday, the bloodiest fighting since hostilities erupted a year ago.

The outbreak involved clashes between the military and several hundred of Rohingya across northwestern Rakhine.

Despite claims of ongoing arson attacks and reports of people fleeing, the government said the situation was under control.

The repatriation deals prove two things: That Rohingyas are Myanmar citizens and that bilateral talks between the two nations can yield results.

The statement says they hope that the State will take into consideration the safety and security of the civilian communities in this just war.

A Bangladeshi official told Matthew Smith, CEO of the human rights group Fortify Rights, on Sunday that Myanmar troops had opened fire on fleeing Rohingya civilians - groups mainly comprised women and children.

"Women and children were also among the dead", he said.

The Rakhine state is home to 1.1 million Rohingya people, who are widely discriminated as illegal Bangladesh immigrants by the Buddhist majority even though the Rohingya people in the area have been living in the area since ages.

It also said that any "writing in medias in support of extremist terrorists and ARSA are banned and if those acts described above are found committed in domestic, action will be taken in accordance with Counter-Terrorism Law".

The violence marks a dramatic escalation of a conflict that has simmered in the region since October, when a similar but much smaller series of Rohingya attacks on security posts prompted a brutal military response dogged by allegations of rights abuses.

Bangladesh border guards returned some people and cordoned some groups in areas inside the Bangladesh border, it said.

Yesterday, Bangladesh handed over a protest note to the Myanmar envoy in Dhaka, and called upon Myanmar country to stop any fresh flow of Rohingyas towards Bangladesh.

"It's burning, burning, people fleeing", she said adding she had just received reports that 14 Rohingya in one village had been killed, but as with all allegations from the cut-off area, these deaths and arson allegation were hard to verify.

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