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Medical aid group MSF allowed to reopen some Myanmar clinics

Published on Mar 2, 2014 1:48 PM

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Myanmar has allowed Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) to resume work in parts of the country, days after it ordered it to close its clinics, but not in the western strife-torn state of Rakhine, the medical aid group said.

MSF did not give a reason for Thursday's suspension but media reported government officials had been angered by the charity's public comments on Rakhine.

The group has been giving care there to both ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims, a mostly stateless minority who live in apartheid-like conditions and who otherwise have little access to health care.

The United Nations and human rights groups say at least 40 Rohingya were killed by security forces and ethnic Rakhine Buddhist civilians in a restricted area of the state in January.

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