Rohingya insurgent group declares temporary ceasefire

CNN)After more than two weeks of violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, the insurgent group Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, or ARSA, declared in a statement Saturday a “temporary cessation of offensive military operations” for a one-month period to enable aid groups to respond to the “humanitarian crisis” that is currently unfolding in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

The ceasefire would begin on Sunday, the statement said.
At least 290,000 ethnic Rohingyas have fled to neighboring Bangladesh since August 25 after escaping violence in Rakhine, Vivian Tan, the UNHCR regional press officer, said Saturday.

Yanghee Lee, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights for Myanmar, said Friday that at least 1,000 people had been killed in the violence over the past two weeks, though she said that figure is “very likely an underestimate.”

“Figures are difficult to verify because of lack of access to the affected areas,” she said.
The Myanmar government said 421 people had died.

There are regular clashes between the Rohingya and the country’s security forces, as well as other ethnic groups in Rakhine, which are predominantly Buddhist. Rohingya militant groups are often involved in the clashes.

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