Myanmar: Battles between army, rebels and Rohingya victims

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — In recent days, armed battles between the Myanmar army and ethnic Rakhine Buddhist rebels in the western state of Arakan have displaced dozens of Rohingya families from a village in the state.

According to Arakan News Agency, dozens of Rohingya families fled from the village of Von Neudeck of the town of Pudding in Arakan, after the village was subjected to indiscriminate shelling by fighting between the government army and rebels.

One of the villagers documented, through a video, the condition of a Rohingya family who had to flee, leave their home and hide under a hill outside the village of Von Neuem, until the fighting ended.

Myanmar’s army accuses Buddhist rebels of targeting Rohingya civilians, while a spokesman for the Arakan army, led by the Rakhine Buddhist rebels, denied the accusations.

For his part, warned Rohingya activist, Ahmed Abulkhair, of the seriousness of the current situation in the city of Pudding.

“The displacement of Rohingya families in this way threatens their lives,” Abul Khair was quoted by the Arakan news agency as saying.

He called on the Myanmar authorities to assist the Rohingya to return to their homes and to compensate them for the heavy losses suffered by the armed battles.

Since August 25, 2017, the military in Myanmar and Buddhist militias have been waging a brutal military campaign and massacres against the Rohingya in Arakan province (Rakhine).

The ongoing crimes have killed thousands of Rohingya, according to local and international sources identical, as well as nearly one million refugees in Bangladesh, according to the United Nations.

Myanmar’s government considers the Rohingya “irregular migrants” from Bangladesh, while the United Nations classifies them as “the world’s most persecuted minority.”

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