US announces escalation of violence in Myanmar

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The US is concerned about violence in Rakhine and Chin in Myanmar , said US Department of State spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus.

“The US is deeply concerned about the escalation of violence in the northern state of Rakhine and Chin, where dozens have been killed and thousands become refugees in recent months,” Ortagus said in a written statement.

“We urge all parties to stop hostile actions, take the necessary measures to protect local communities and seek peaceful dialogue,” she added.

Ortagus recalled that the U.S. allocated over $ 820 million in humanitarian aid after a crisis erupted in the region in 2017. According to her, the current situation is aggravated by difficulties in the delivery of humanitarian aid and in the access of journalists to the scene. In addition, the region has disconnected the Internet.

“We urge the Government of Burma to allow unhindered access to humanitarian aid and restore access to the Internet,” Ortagus said using Burma’s old name for Myanmar.

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More than 900,000 ethnic Bengalis living in Myanmar Rakhine State are currently in camps of displaced people in neighboring Bangladesh, where they transferred during the operation of the Myanmar armed forces against rebels from the illegal armed group “The Arakan Rohingya Rescue Army” after a coordinated attack by militants at border posts and locations of military units in 2017.

International human rights defenders accuse the Myanmar military of persecuting and killing innocent, mass rape, and Rohingya genocide.

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