Conflict in Myanmar’s Rakhine State intensifies

Rohingya refugees walk on the muddy path after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Teknaf, Bangladesh, September 3, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

The Refugee Brief – 11 March 2019

Conflict in Myanmar’s Rakhine State intensifies. Clashes between an armed ethnic Rakhine group, the Arakan Army, and the Myanmar military intensified last week, according to the European Commission’s emergency aid department (ECHO), displacing more than 3,200 people from several villages. On Sunday, the government said Arakan Army insurgents had killed nine police officers during a raid on a police post in the village of Yoe Ta Yoke on Saturday night. A similar attack on a police post in January triggered an escalation in fighting that has displaced more than 5,000 people and led to the authorities declaring large parts of the region off limits to most aid agencies.

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