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U.S. urges Myanmar security forces to protect civilians, aid workers
August 31, 2017 / 3:03 PM / 23 days ago

U.S. urges Myanmar security forces to protect civilians, aid workers

A car is seen near a house that was burnt down during the last days violence in Maungdaw, Myanmar August 31, 2017. RETUERS/Soe Zeya Tun

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Thursday urged security forces in Myanmar to adhere to international law and avoid attacking innocent civilians as they try to prevent further violence by Rohingya militants in the country’s Rakhine state.

Haley condemned the recent attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army but added “as Burmese security forces act to prevent further violence, they have a responsibility to adhere to international humanitarian law, which includes refraining from attacking innocent civilians and humanitarian workers.”

She urged security forces to ensure aid reaches those in need and to ensure the rights of all communities.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Writing by David Alexander; Editing by Tim Ahmann

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