JOIN OUR MAILING LIST     facebook    twitter    skype

Guest Impressions
Thursday, 10 January 2019 15:54

Myanmar: Over 4,500 displaced in recent flare-up in Rakhine state

'Troop movements and clashes have continued over recent days following attacks by Arakan Army on police posts,’ UN says

Over 4,500 villagers have been displaced by the most recent flare-up in fighting between Myanmar’s military and the Arakan Army in Rakhine state, the UN said Tuesday.

The displacement figure, provided by UN spokesman Farhan Haq, runs through January 7.

Haq said troop movements and clashes have continued over recent days following attacks by the insurgent group on police posts in Buthidaung Township on January 4.

The UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs led a December 29-31 mission into the villages of Taung Min Kalar and Kan Sauk in Kyauktaw township and Auk Thin Pone Tan and Hpar Kywe Wa in Ponnagyun township, which were then hosting 1,600 internally displaced persons.

Fighting renewed in Rakhine state in early December between government forces and the rebel Arakan Army, which wants greater autonomy for Rakhine, where the mainly Buddhist Rakhine ethnic group makes up the majority. The Arakan Army does not cite religion as a factor in its insurgency.

Darul Ihsan Media Desk

Leave a comment


Anti-spam: complete the taskJoomla CAPTCHA

Top News

GET CONNECTED WITH US       facebook       twitter      skype