32 dead after Rohingya militants storm police posts in Myanmar

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Turkey on Saturday said the situation in western Myanmar's Rakhine state can not be solved through violence as it condemned Friday's deadly attacks on border posts which left at least 89 people killed.

Fighting on Friday resulted in the highest-declared death toll in a single day since violence broke out previous year.

The combined forces of the military and the police are still waging an attack against the extremist terrorists, according to the release.

"Bengali terrorists" is the state's description of the Rohingya militants.

The Kofi Annan-led Advisory Commission on Myanmar's Rakhine State has urged the National League for Democracy government to grant birth certificates and citizenship to Rohingya children born there.

The office of de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi said 12 security officials had been killed alongside 77 militants.


"We are deeply saddened at the loss of lives among members of the Myanmar security forces".

More than a million individuals from the Muslim minority Rohingyas live in Rakhine, where they endure developing segregation because of the partisan clash which executed no less than 160 individuals in 2012 and uprooted about 120,000 Rohingyas living in 67 displaced people camps, the report said.

Mr Annan said he was "gravely concerned" by the latest attacks.

"The alleged scale and gravity of these attacks mark a worrying escalation of violence", he said.

Despite years of persecution, the Rohingya largely eschewed violence.

The move, ARSA said, followed a two-week blockade by the authorities on food for Muslims in Rathedaung Township, and increased violence by the military in Rathedaung and Maungdaw against Rohingya communities.


Suu Kyi's office also said some weapons had been taken from the police in the attacks.

But they were pushed back.

The development came as Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) today pushed back scores of Rohingyas and halted hundreds of others on the frontiers.

According to the United Nations, more than 80,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since last October's clashes.

The western state, one of the country's poorest, has always been a sectarian tinderbox and mainly Buddhist Myanmar has faced growing global condemnation over its treatment of the Muslim Rohingya there.

Myanmar security forces have conducted sporadic operations to flush out suspected militants this year, often resulting in casualties among Rohingya villagers.


The government of the predominantly Buddhist country typically refers to the country's stateless, marginalized Rohingya in Rakhine, formerly called Arakan, as Bengalis, viewing them as illegal immigrants from neighboring Bangladesh. Human rights groups, such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, said these operations involved arbitrary killings, systematic rapes, the burning of houses and forced expulsions of locals.

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