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77,000 Buddhist Rakhine displaced on Myanmar counter insurgency operation

Song Hong

Jan 4, 2020
Viet Nam
Viet Nam
Tatmadaw flushing out of Arakan Army (AA) has resulted to 10,000 fleeing their homes recently.

A total of 77,000 ethnic Rakhine displaced since end 2018.



Thousands flee Myanmar army operations in Rakhine. The UN’s human rights chief said on Tuesday that as many as 10,000 people had fled their homes in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state after what she described as heavy fighting between government troops and fighters with the Arakan Army, an ethnic rebel group. UNHCR and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) later said at least 2,800 people had been displaced according to early estimates, but that numbers were “difficult to verify”. People began fleeing after the army announced a planned “clearance operation” on 25 June. The order was revoked a day later but was followed by shelling and shooting in several villages, according to UNHCR and OCHA, which noted that information was hard to verify due to government-imposed restrictions on humanitarian access. Since fighting between the army and the Arakan Army began in late 2018, more than 77,000 have been displaced and dozens killed.

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