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20 Dec 2018 | 10:44 AM UTC

Myanmar: 'Clearance operations' by security forces in Rakhine state

Myanmar News Alert

Army personnel conduct new "clearance operations" in conflict-hit Rakhine state following recent incidents

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/20/2018, 12:00 AM until 12/20/2018, 11:59 PM (UTC). COUNTRY/REGION Rakhine

Event

As of Thursday, December 20, security forces (army and police) are conducting new rounds of "clearance operations" in Rakhine state following attacks in the Maungdaw township on December 17, in which two people were killed. According to the authorities, one of the two attacks was carried out by radicalized Rohingya insurgents. Both incidents took place in this area where regular forces had conducted a violent counter-insurgency operation in the fall 2017 aimed at pushing away Rohingya militants involved in attacks against the police and army.

Context

Over 700,000 Rohingya fled to nearby Bangladesh after Myanmar launched clearance operations in August 2017. The international community has since then urged the Burmese authorities to take necessary measures to reintegrate, under appropriate conditions, these refugees living in precarious conditions.

Advice

Due to continued tension following the 2012 civil unrest, along with persisting risk of armed conflict, authorities advise against all but essential travel to Rakhine State, except for the southern townships of Kyaukpyu, Ramree, Munaung, Toungup, Thandwe (including the tourist resort of Ngapali) and Gwa.

 

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