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Rohingya militants declare one-month ceasefire in a Twitter statement

Rohingya militants have declared an immediate unilateral one-month ceasefire, it said in a statement on its Twitter handle @ARSA_Official, adding it was to allow for humanitarian aid to reach the battered region.

By: AFP | Yangon (myanmar) | Updated: September 10, 2017 9:58 am
Rohingya muslims, Rohingya migration, burmese army, burma, Aun san suu kyi Myanmar police officers patrol along the border fence between Myanmar and Bangladesh in Maungdaw, Rakhine State, Myanmar. (File/AP Photo/Thein Zaw)

Rohingya militants, whose August 25 raids in Myanmar’s Rakhine State sparked an army crackdown that has seen nearly 300,000 of the Muslim minority flee to Bangladesh, on Saturday declared an immediate unilateral one-month ceasefire. “The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) hereby declares a temporary cessation of offensive military operations,” it said in a statement on its Twitter handle @ARSA_Official, adding it was to allow for humanitarian aid to reach the battered region.

The group urged “all humanitarian actors” to resume aid delivery to “all victims of humanitarian crisis irrespective of ethnic or religious background” during the ceasefire period which runs until October 9. It urged Myanmar to “reciprocate this humanitarian pause” in fighting, with huge numbers of displaced moving across Rakhine many believed to be in desperate need of help after over two weeks of violence.

Its Twitter page is often the first to publish ARSA statements or direct readers to videos. Saturday’s statement was signed by Ata Ullah, who purportedly commands the militants from jungle bases straddling the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. Better-known locally as Harakah al-Yaqin (Faith Movement), ARSA launched coordinated raids using hundreds of militants on August 25 on around 30 police posts and state offices in northern Rakhine state.

The kickback by security forces prompted the Rohingya exodus. Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh say security forces and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists killed villagers indiscriminately during their crackdown, setting fire to hundreds of villages. In an area split by claim and counterclaim, ethnic Rakhine villagers accuse militants of murdering their civilians while the government says fleeing Rohingya set fire to their own homes to forment fear and anti-state anger.

ARSA appears to have significantly grown in the last year despite remaining hopelessly outgunned against one of Asia’s largest militaries. According to statements and photos released by Myanmar’s army, the militants use primitive weapons, including gunpowder rifles, homemade guns and bombs as well as clubs and swords. Myanmar’s army says it has killed nearly 400 militants so far in its “clearance operations”, while some Rohingya refugees have complained they were forced to fight by ARSA.

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  1. max payne
    Sep 10, 2017 at 3:39 pm
    everyone misunderstanding the myanmar government for initiate this situation in rakine .But reality is entirely different the Islamist terrorism is core cause of this genocide . and this people deserve this ethnic genocide from peaceful Buddhist ...
    1. V
      Sep 10, 2017 at 3:03 pm
      Aung San Suu Kyi must be congratulated for taking action to protect all of her citizens against the trigger happy Muslim rebels who cannot or don't want to fit in with the general population. This is the case in Kashmir as well. Religious propagation by violence and rule by violence are the hallmarks of this religion. This human tragedy in Burma is initiated by the Rohingya Muslim's unlawful demand to form a separate state which the Burmese nation will not allow, the same is the situation in Kashmir. Burma is a country which cannot afford to let Allah’s army run riot in the streets declaring war when it suits them and declares cease fire when it doesn't.Secondly, Aung San Suu Ky is may not be aware of the mechanics of vote bank politics. As a result, she managed to make the correct decision this time. If the Muslim world wants to give succour to their brothers in Allah the merciful, then all they have to do is to send a fleet of A380 and start an air lift
      1. K
        Sep 10, 2017 at 1:32 pm
        OK, they have militant as well. Now I understand why Burmese army took action and many run away and all muslims shouted for that. Cease fire may be collect attacking stoke or waiting for stoke to arrive from some where. Stop terrorism, militant and integrate with your country. live peace fully and let other live peacefully.
        1. D
          Sep 10, 2017 at 1:06 pm
          Bangladesh is a platform to enter into India through West Bengal. Very soon katwaas will overcome Hindu ppulation. Rohinyas already entered into India will help other rohinyas to get entry into India. Only god can save India from these katwaas.
          1. Natraj M
            Sep 10, 2017 at 12:23 pm
            All brother and sister better to leave you belief Muslim or kuron not preaching peace and not respecting other belief your blindly fallow the cruel belief better to change u r belif otherwise never solve Muslims problems in the world.
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