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BREAKING NEWS: Clash between Myanmar Army and Rakhine militants, shift blame to Rohingya

By The Stateless Rohingya

An offensive clash between Myanmar army and Rakhine militant group either Arakan Army (AA) or Arakan Liberation Army (ALA) is undergoing in the Rohingya-majority northern Rakhine State, Myanmar.

The clash broke out in Hawar Bil (Kyi Kan Pyin) which is home to the headquarter of Border Guard Police (BGP) of northern Maungdaw township at 2:00am (GMT +6:30) on Sunday, October 8.

Further clashes are being reported in Rwáingga Daung (Rwá Nyú) and Bossara (Thanwan Chaung) which are adjacent to Model Villages, a number of resettlements of Rakhine and other Buddhist ethnic groups on the confiscated land of Rohingya.

It is reported on Friday, October 7 that a large score of Rakhine illegally crossed the border and entered in Hansa Bil village located near Hawar Bil. Many believed to be Rakhine militants who are behind the clashes. In recent years, the militants fought Myanmar forces sporadically across the state and often overrun the military posts and destroyed bridges, that is similar to the current state of clashes.

A boat full of Bengali Rakhine crossing the border illegally. Source: Rohingya Blogger

A boat full of Bengali Rakhine crossing the border illegally. Source: Rohingya Blogger

According to DVB news, the clashes left “three BGP staffs were killed, one has gone missing and other two were injured while around 100 guns have been missing too”.

It triggers the blame to the defunct Rohingya Solidarity Organization (RSO) in major Burmese and Rakhine propaganda media which becomes a major tool for the genocidal campaign against Rohingya in June 2012. Wiratha, the self-proclaimed “Bin Laden” described the current clash on his Facebook as “Third Jihad” and blaming Rohingya Muslims and RSO, which could further fuels hatred and violence against the Muslim minority.

The state of emergency is announced and the curfew is imposed in Maungdaw Township under Section-144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure which encourages preventing their already-restricted movement and makes them vulnerable of attacks with full impunity.

It has been reported that a number of Rohingya villages were set on fire and surrounded by the government forces, leaving Rohingya lives in danger and fear of the similar military operations undertaken during the military regime.

The motive behind the clashes between the government forces and Rakhine militants is yet to be known, however many Rohingya villagers are already feeling of made of scapegoat once again and fear of triggering of another violence against the marginalized and persecuted Muslim minority.

It is not the first time Rohingya come under military campaign or made of scapegoat for the failed military junta. King Dragon Operation in 1978-79 and Operation Clean Nation in 1991-92 are among the dozens of offensive attacks masterminded by military regimes which forced more than 300,000 Rohingya into the refugee camps located on the other side of bank of Naf River in Bangladesh.

The 2012 genocidal campaign has seen displacement of more than 140,000 Rohingya into concentration or internally displaced camps, fleeing of nearly 165,000 out of the country through the perilous sea, burn-down of hundreds of villages and deaths of hundreds, perhaps thousands in the hands of Rakhine extremists who want to remove Rohingya from Rakhine State to make the foundation for an independent country out of Burma.