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Rohingya insurgents in Myanmar call temporary ceasefire to ease humanitarian crisis
September 9, 2017 / 6:21 PM / 3 months ago

Rohingya insurgents in Myanmar call temporary ceasefire to ease humanitarian crisis

YANGON, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Rohingya insurgents declared a month-long unilateral ceasefire, starting on Sunday, to enable aid groups to help ease a humanitarian crisis in northwest Myanmar.

Nearly 300,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh and 30,000 non-Muslim civilians have been displaced inside Myanmar after the military launched a counter-offensive following attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) insurgents on 30 police posts and an army base on Aug. 25.

“ARSA strongly encourages all concerned humanitarian actors resume their humanitarian assistance to all victims of the humanitarian crisis, irrespective of ethnic or religious background during the ceasefire period,” ARSA said in a statement. (Reporting by Andrew R.C. Marshall, Writing by Antoni Slodkowski, Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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