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gashwin

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Myanmar says it killed 370 Rohingya 'fighters'
As humanitarian crises worsens with thousands fleeing violence, army claims to have killed hundreds over five days.
Philip Heijmans

A police officer stands guard near a house that was burned down in Maungdaw, northern Rakhine state [Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters]
Yangon, Myanmar - As a humanitarian crisis deepens in western Myanmar, the military says it has killed at least 370 Rohingya "fighters" over the past week in Rakhine state.

According to a statement by the office of Myanmar's military commander in chief, Min Aung Hlaing, the army was involved in 90 armed engagements with fighters of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) from August 25-30, including alleged attacks on police outposts and a military base in Maungdaw district of Rakhine.

At least 15 members of Myanmar security forces were also killed over the same period, including two government workers, and one soldier is missing, late Thursday's army statement said.

Al Jazeera was unable to independently verify the army's claims.

"The humanitarian situation is deteriorating rapidly and I am concerned that many thousands of people are increasingly at risk of grave violations of their human rights," the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, said in a statement on Friday.

"The worsening cycle of violence is of grave concern and must be broken urgently."

The UN estimates that nearly 40,000 people have crossed into Bangladesh in the area around Cox's Bazar, while thousands more remain stranded between the two countries.

READ MORE: 'They're firing their guns at us and burning our homes'

The stream of people fleeing violence has increased rapidly with witnesses telling Al Jazeera the army has fired indiscriminately on Rohingya Muslims in villages.

Hundreds of villagers have been reported missing and hundreds of others are feared dead.

"The Burma Army is now fully engaged in scorched-earth tactics against Rohingya villages in many parts of northern Rakhine state, ostensibly targeting fighters, but in reality hitting ordinary villagers," Human Rights Watch's deputy Asia director Phil Robertson told Al Jazeera.

Several refugees - including women and children - have died while making the perilous journey to Bangladesh, which is struggling to cope with the influx and has reportedly turned some Rohingya Muslims away.


Rohingya refugees with children sit in the open during heavy rain as they are held by Border Guard Bangladesh [Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters]
Tensions were reignited on August 25 when ARSA fighters claimed responsibility for attacks in Rakhine. While the group announced "defensive actions" on Twitter, it did not disclose the number of fighters involved or targets killed.

OPINION: Only international pressure can save Rohingya now

The Myanmar government calls ARSA an "extremist terrorist" group.

Foreign governments and rights organisations fear Rohingya villages are being subjected to collective punishment after the group's attacks on police posts and an army base.

The latest bout of violence extends a decades-long conflict that has seen the displacement of more than 140,000 of Myanmar's 1.1 million Rohingya located along the country's western border.

Myanmar's Rohingya are often described as the world's most persecuted minority, and their ethnic status is not recognised by the government.

"The international community needs to demand Aung San Suu Kyi and her civilian government stop these clearance operations and permit humanitarians, journalists and researchers into these areas to assess the situation and hold those committing abuses accountable," Robertson said.

'Situation is dire'
The conflict has proved to be an insurmountable test for the government of Aung San Suu Kyi, who faces growing criticism from the international community over her handling of the situation.

"The situation is dire," said Matthew Smith, CEO of rights group Fortify Rights. "Mass atrocity crimes are continuing. The civilian government and military need to do everything in their power to immediately prevent more attacks."



Myanmar's Rohingya refugees: 'If we go back they will slice us into pieces'
In addition to the military's announcement, state media on Friday said that more than 150 fighters staged an attack on security forces near Rakhine's Indin village, resulting in the death of one attacker.

Recent fighting has brought back memories of events in 2012 when communal violence in Rakhine's capital, Sittwe, led to the deaths of 200 people.

The fighting has also spurred growing anti-Rohingya rhetoric from Buddhist nationalists, including monks, a sentiment mirrored by their followers on social media.

The rhetoric has prompted a wave of hate speech against journalists and NGO workers, continuing a campaign that last month saw several aid workers in Rakhine resign over death threats on social media.

"I don't support the violent ways of either side," said 39-year-old Rohingya activist Ro Nay San Lwin. "There are Rohingya farmers fighting with knives. If we continue to fight the Burmese military, the Rohingya will no longer be in Arakan and that is my biggest fear."

The wave of attacks follows the release of a report by the Rakhine Advisory Commission, led by former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan, looking into solving the sectarian strife.
 

MayDay

Village Elder
#11
This has so much similarity with Palestine and Israel Conflict if not worse.
Its ignored while it happens under everyone noses.

These Muslims will one day unite and I'm telling you , we will never find peace.
 
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#13
Muslims are killed in Myanmar daily. Rohinga Muslims.

But you guys never notice... Mnanotice saa hii wakati 370 have been killed yet they have been killed for over a decade, with many tips in the graph
 
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But the Rohinghya do not belong in Burma in the first place.
I am not endorsing the past clashes with the Arakanese or the present clash with the Burmese millitary, but their claim to the state of Rakhine /Arakan is baseless.
Here is a brief history of Rakhine.
It was one of the Oldest Buddhist kingdoms in the world emerging less than a hundred years after Buddha died, thus the Rohingya claim that they are native there is basesless since the Buddhist Kingdom was formed by the Arkanese, not the Bengalis(who had a similar Buddhist Kingdom in Bangladesh 300 years later). Mohammed was born like 1000 years later.So, No.
The Rakhine themselves are seperatists.They were initially not interested in being part of Burma because they have a separate history. So that area has Arakaan vs Rohingya violence , Arakan vs the Burmese millitary violence and both vs the Rohingya violence.
The Rohinjya are no angels, they have Islamic terrorist groups, some of which have ambitions of cleansing Rakhine of its native Arkhanese
Most Ronghinya settled in Northern Rakhine after doing a Jihad there that ethnically cleansed the northern part of Rakhine of Buddhists, first in 1404, then in the early 1900s. No wonder the Arkhan want to eject them. A large group alsoarived after 1948 as illegal immigrants
Also, the Ronghinya speak Bengali of the Chitagoang dialect.Which clearly establishes that they come from Chittagong ,which is in Bangladesh.
If it was purely a Muslim issue the Bumese Millitary would also be doing an ethnic cleansing of the Mon, the Shan, the Karen Muslim community, the Malays in Southern Burma as well as the Arabs who live in Yangoon. None of these communities have been affected by the violence that the Rhohingya are currently facing.
So it is not a Muslim Issue. It is a Rohingya issue.
It is basically the expulsion of illegal immigrants to Bangladesh.
Please note that India itself has 20 million illegal (Jesus Christ!!)Muslim Bangladeshis, some of whom are bringing some states like Assam to the verge of civil war between the native Assamese who are mostly Hindus, the Bodo native tribes on one side and Bengali Muslims aka Bangladeshis on the other.
Honestly speaking, if the Bengalis want peace and to be accepted outside Bangladesh, they better convert back to Buddhism or Hinduism of their ancestors(After all, West Bengal in India has 18 million Bangladeshis, with one difference, nearly all of them are Hindus who left Bangladesh after the 1971 war. West Bengal has never had issues with the Bangladeshi Hindu refugees). Bangladesh is extremely overcrowded and the neighboring nations do not want them for fear of Muslim terrorism. It is the only way they can be accepted ,especially by India.
 
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ndume

Village Elder
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But the Rohinghya do not belong in Burma in the first place.
I am not endorsing the past clashes with the Arkhanese or the present clash with the Burmese millitary, but their claim to the state of Rakhine /Arkan is baseless.
Here is a brief history of Rakhine.
It was one of the Oldest Buddhist kingdoms in the world emerging less than a hundred years after Buddha died, thus the Rohingya claim that they are native there is basesless since the Buddhist Kingdom was formed by the Arkanese, not the Bengalis(who had a similar Buddhist Kingdom in Bangladesh 300 years later). Mohammed was born like 1000 years later.So, No.
The Rakhine themselves are seperatists.They were initially not interested in being part of Burma because they have a separate history. So that area has Arkhan vs Rohingya violence , Arkhan vs the Burmese millitary violence and both vs the Rohingya violence.
The Rohinjya are no angels, they have Islamic terrorist groups, some of which have ambitions of cleansing Rakhine of its native Arkhanese
Most Ronghinya settled in Northern Rakhine after doing a Jihad there that ethnically cleansed the northern part of Rakhine of Buddhists, first in 1404, then in the early 1900s. No wonder the Arkhan want to eject them. A large group alsoarived after 1948 as illegal immigrants
Also, the Ronghinya speak Bengali of the Chitagoang dialect.Which clearly establishes that they come from Chittagong ,which is in Bangladesh.
If it was purely a Muslim issue the Bumese Millitary would also be doing an ethnic cleansing of the Mon, the Shan, the Karen Muslim community, the Malays in Southern Burma as well as the Arabs who live in Yangoon. None of these communities have been affected by the violence that the Rhohingya are currently facing.
So it is not a Muslim Issue. It is a Rohingya issue.
It is basically the expulsion of illegal immigrants to Bangladesh.
Please note that India itself has 20 million illegal (Jesus Christ!!)Muslim Bangladeshis, some of whom are bringing some states like Assam to the verge of civil war between the native Assamese who are mostly Hindus, the Bodo native tribes on one side and Bengali Muslims aka Bangladeshis on the other.
Honestly speaking, if the Bengalis want peace and to be accepted outside Bangladesh, they better convert back to Buddhism or Hinduism of their ancestors(After all, West Bengal in India has 18 million Bangladeshis, with one difference, nearly all of them are Hindus who left Bangladesh after the 1971 war. West Bengal has never had issues with the Bangladeshi Hindu refugees). Bangladesh is extremely overcrowded and the neighboring nations do not want them for fear of Muslim terrorism. It is the only way they can be accepted ,especially by India.
How long back do you want us to go? So people who have been there for over two thousand years are not natives?
 
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How long back do you want us to go? So people who have been there for over two thousand years are not natives?
Did you read the part that the majority of the Rohinjya arrived in the 1900s???|
The ARKHANESE are native to Rakhine and have been there for over 2000 years. The ARKHANESE ARE BUDDHIST!!
The ROHINJYA arrived in the 1900s, as jihadists and later as workers brought in by the British.

Make a distinction between the
Arkaanese ,
Burmese
Rohinjya
 
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