Rakhine rehab efforts in peril amid more fighting

Ethnic Rakhine people, who fled from an area of conflict, at a temporary camp in Kyauk Taw township, northern Rakhine state, last Thursday. In recent months, the Arakan Army has ramped up attacks on the Myanmar military in Rakhine, from where some 70
Ethnic Rakhine people, who fled from an area of conflict, at a temporary camp in Kyauk Taw township, northern Rakhine state, last Thursday. In recent months, the Arakan Army has ramped up attacks on the Myanmar military in Rakhine, from where some 700,000 Rohingya fled in 2017 for neighbouring Bangladesh.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Conflict between Myanmar military and ethnic armed group threatens ongoing UN projects

Fighting is threatening to escalate between the Myanmar military and an ethnic armed group seeking self-determination in Rakhine state, which is still struggling to recover from the violence that caused some 700,000 refugees to flee.

In a statement released on Saturday night, the Arakan Army (AA), which is made up of ethnic Rakhines, said the Myanmar military used helicopters to launch bomb attacks that afternoon, and vowed to "take the necessary action" if it continued.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 07, 2019, with the headline 'Rakhine rehab efforts in peril amid more fighting'. Print Edition | Subscribe