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Myanmar crisis: Rohingya militants say unilateral truce to end on October 9

Myanmar crisis: Rohingya militants say unilateral truce to end on October 9

The rebels launched coordinated attacks on about 30 security posts and an army camp on August 25 with the help of hundreds of disaffected Rohingya villagers, many wielding sticks or machetes, killing about a dozen people.

"The humanitarian pause was conducted in order to enable humanitarian actors to assess and respond to the humanitarian crisis in Arakan (Rakhine)", Arsa said.

"If, at any stage, the burmese government is open to peace, then the ARSA will be welcome and will act in reciprocity ". Asked for comments, a government spokesperson said: "We have no policy to negotiate with terrorists". The refugee crisis erupted after ARSA raids on Myanmar police posts on August 25 prompted a brutal military backlash.

Dhaka: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday accused neighbouring Myanmar of provoking a "war" amid the Rohingya refugee crisis and said her government avoided the conflict by "exercising restraint".

Mark Lowcock, UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, reiterated an appeal for access to the population in northern Rakhine, saying the situation was "unacceptable".

An estimated 2,000 Muslim Rohingya refugees are arriving in Bangladesh daily, joining over half a million others who have made the journey.

A Rohingya girl cries during her migration with people to the Musolli refugee camp at Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh on October 05, 2017.




As agreed earlier, Bangladeshi Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan will visit Myanmar anytime this month to discuss about the proposed repatriation of the Rohingya.

As many as 91,423 Rohingya have already been registered, and some 9,000 more join that list every day, he said.

A Myanmar official tally says hundreds of people died as violence consumed remote communities, including Rohingya.

"The (Myanmar) military and Arsa should sit in a round-table meeting ... there is no point in killing and butchering each other", said Mohammed Idriss, a Rohingya refugee in Bangladesh's Kutupalong camp.

However, Robert Watkins, the United Nations resident co-ordinator in Dhaka, said overcrowding could heighten the spread of disease, which is already a problem among the refugee population.

By concentrating too many people in one space, a refugee camp of such size leaves enough scope for deadly diseases to spread like wildfire.

She added she was pursuing a plan to build temporary shelters for the Rohingya on an island with the help of worldwide aid agencies whom she praised for their support.

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