More than 10,000 civilians – ethnic #Rakhine, #Rohingya, & others – are at risk of atrocities as the #Myanmar military is out carrying “clearance operations” in parts of Rakhine. The last time the term was used, the military committed Rohingya #genocide.
Myanmar soldiers have ordered all residents of the 17 communities living in Kyauktan village tract to vacate their homes for “clearance operations” against the rebel Arakan Army in Rathedaung township, the center of much fighting in the conflict.
UN concerned as thousands flee Myanmar ‘clearance operation’
An increasingly bloody civil war between government troops and the rebels erupted in January last year, displacing some 150,000 people and forcing them to flee their homes while dozens have been killed and hundreds wounded.
The UN urged both sides to “take urgent measures to spare civilians.” It also called for them to respect international humanitarian law as well as reiterating the need for a ceasefire with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
United Nations on Sunday said it was concerned by the humanitarian impact of fighting in western Myanmar’s Rakhine and southern Chin states.
UN cited reports of increased fighting between Myanmar’s armed forces, the Tatmadaw, and the Arakan Army, an insurgent group fighting for more autonomy for ethnic Rakhine Buddhists.