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Myanmar army battles Rohingya insurgents; thousands flee

- Myanmar security forces intensified operations against Rohingya insurgents on Monday, police and other sources said, following three days of clashes with militants in the worst violence involving Myanmar’s Muslim minority in five years.

The fighting - triggered by coordinated attacks on Friday by insurgents wielding sticks, knives and crude bombs on 30 police posts and an army base - has killed 104 people and led to the flight of large numbers of Muslim Rohingya and Buddhist civilians from the northern part of Rakhine state.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is deeply concerned by reports that civilians have been killed in Rakhine state and appealed for neighboring Bangladesh to allow fleeing Rohingya to seek safety, his spokesman said on Monday.

“Many of those fleeing are women and children, some of whom are wounded,” U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.

“(The Secretary-General) calls for humanitarian agencies to be granted unfettered and free access to affected communities in need of assistance and protection. The United Nations stands ready to provide all necessary support to both Myanmar and Bangladesh in that regard,” Dujarric said.

The violence marks a dramatic escalation of a conflict that has simmered since October, when a similar but much smaller series of Rohingya attacks on security posts prompted a brutal military response dogged by allegations of rights abuses.

The treatment of about 1.1 million Muslim Rohingya in mainly Buddhist Myanmar has emerged as the biggest challenge for national leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has condemned the attacks and commended the security forces

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I never, in my life, thought I was going to have to say, "Watch out: here come the Buddhists"; but apparently, in this case, I have been absolutely wrong.

And then, in a follow-up article, we see how truly horrific it is for the Rohingya, desperately attempting to flee the violence, and get somewhere safe:

Baby killed as family tries to run from Myanmar to Bangkadesh

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