Thousands flee for fear of military action in Myanmar, people flee after orders to evacuate area

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Updated Wed, 01 Jul 2020 01:47 AM IST

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Thousands of people have fled home in Myanmar once again for fear of military action against Rohingya Muslims. The migration took place last week from the same area in western Myanmar where the conflict between the government and ethnic insurgents continues. The exodus began after authorities ordered the area to be evacuated.

The government of Rakhine province issued an order last Tuesday instructing the village administrators of the Rathdang suburb to tell the residents to stay away from home. This is because the army is planning to wipe out operations against the rebels. The ‘wiped out campaign’ is the term defining the actions of the Myanmar army against extremism.
Even after the cancellation of the order by the Minister of Security and Border Affairs of Rakhine Province last Friday, the migration from more than 40 villages continued for the last full week. Khin Maung Latt, a member of the upper house of parliament for the Rathdang suburb, said since the order was issued more than 10,000 people have left their villages in the campaign area.

The government and the Arakan Army have been in conflict between them for more than a year. The Arakan Army is a well trained and armed guerrilla force representing members of the Rakhine ethnic group of the area. In 2017 in Rakhine, the army campaigned against Rohingya Muslims, after which 7,40,000 Rohingya migrated to neighboring Bangladesh.

Thousands of people have fled home in Myanmar once again for fear of military action against Rohingya Muslims. The migration took place last week from the same area in western Myanmar where the conflict between the government and ethnic insurgents continues. The exodus began after authorities ordered the area to be evacuated.

The government of Rakhine province issued an order last Tuesday instructing the village administrators of the Rathdang suburb to tell the residents to stay away from home. This is because the army is planning to wipe out operations against the rebels. The ‘wiped out campaign’ is the term defining the actions of the Myanmar army against extremism.

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