Rohingya rebels in Myanmar have executed a surprise attack against the Myanmar security forces in the Rakhine state, the country’s state media reported.
Five Burmese soldiers have been wounded in the attack.
The government of Myanmar said, “A vehicle … was attacked by 20 insurgents from the mountain using homemade mines and small arms.”
The government said around 10 “extremist Bengali terrorists ARSA” were involved in the attack against their military.
A spokesman for the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) claimed responsibility for the ambush on Friday, Doha based Al Jazeera reported.
— ARSA_The Army (@ARSA_Official) January 6, 2018
Myanmar has been under fierce international criticism after its military carried out numerous brutal attack against the Rohingya minority groups killing thousands of Rohingya people.
The Rohingyas are the most persecuted ethnic minority of the world often oppressed by the Myanmar security forces.
They encountered a new level of horrific oppression by the Myanmar security forces after an ARSA attack on its security forces in last August.
Since August 25, tens of thousands of Rohingya men, especially women and children crossed the border and fled to Bangladesh to escape death, rape, and torture by the Myanmar security forces.
More than 90% of #Rohingya in Cox’s Bazar have received emergency food assistance. Access to clean water, more diverse foods and incomes remain challenges for the 656,000 who crossed the border. Read our report here https://t.co/loqxiufKZV pic.twitter.com/vFfQtMCTp5
— World Food Programme (@WFP) January 6, 2018
International community urged the Myanmar authority to stop oppression against the persecuted Rohingya community.
The de-facto leader of Myanmar, Nobel Peace Laureate Aung-San Suu Kyi was repeatedly urged by the international community to stand by the persecuted Rohingyas.
She insisted on her silence and continues her support for the actions of the military of her country. She was widely criticized in the world media for her inaction in a severe humanitarian situation in her own land under her own responsibility.
“Every time I see the news, my heart breaks at the suffering of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar,” said Pakistani Nobel Laureate Yousafzai.
Malala Yousafzai said, “Stop the violence. Today we have seen pictures of small children killed by Myanmar’s security forces. These children attacked no one, but still, their homes were burned to the ground.”
— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) December 23, 2017
The UN described the oppression against Rohingya as a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.
The UN special advisor for the prevention of genocide Adama Dieng said, “When they are being killed and forcibly transferred in a widespread or systematic manner, this could constitute ethnic cleansing and could amount to crimes against humanity.”