Zaw Htay said that security forces carried out a clearance operation in the Buthidaung-Maungdaw region of the Mayu mountain range. “That’s where the terrorists were hiding,” he said.
With 1.2 million refugees originating from Burma and tens of thousands more uprooted inside the country, the Southeast Asian nation was the source of the fourth-largest population of displaced people worldwide at the end of 2017, a new report by the UN refugee agency.
The Burmese government has signed an agreement with UN agencies to facilitate the voluntary return of Rohingya refugees.
Burma’s “ethnic cleansing” of Rohingya Muslims is continuing, a senior UN human rights official said on Tuesday, more than six months after insurgent attacks sparked a security response that has driven nearly 700,000 people into Bangladesh.
Burma and Bangladesh say they have agreed to work together to prevent illegal immigrants, terrorists and smugglers from crossing their mutual border.
About one-fifth of Burma’s political parties have raised their collective voice in opposition to matters both foreign and domestic, chiding UK lawmakers for what they deem undue criticism of the crisis in Rakhine State and panning proposed amendments to legislation on protesting that has been scrutinised for years.