World Desk, Web4Study, Yangon
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.
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.