Rohingya rebels call for ceasefire

AFP
Published Sep 11, 2017, 3:47 am IST
Updated Sep 11, 2017, 3:47 am IST
Myanmar’s military has been accused of planting landmines in the path of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in western Rakhine state.
Rohingya Muslim refugee children follow a vehicle with relief supplies near the Bangladeshi town of Teknaf on Sunday (Photo: AFP)
 Rohingya Muslim refugee children follow a vehicle with relief supplies near the Bangladeshi town of Teknaf on Sunday (Photo: AFP)

Rohingya militants in Myanmar, whose raids sparked an army crackdown that has seen nearly 3,00,000 Muslim Rohingya flee to Bangladesh, on Sunday declared a unilateral ceasefire but the government declared it would not negotiate with “terrorists”.

The UN said 2,94,000 bedraggled and exhausted Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since the militants' attacks on Myanmar security forces in neighbouring Rakhine state on August 25 sparked a major military backlash.

Tens of thousands more are believed to be on the move inside Rakhine after more than a fortnight without shelter, food and water.

“The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) hereby declares a temporary cessation of offensive military operations,” the group said in a statement on its Twitter account. It urged “all humanitarian actors” to resume aid delivery to “all victims of humanitarian crisis irrespective of ethnic or religious background” during the ceasefire until October 9. 





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