Rakhines have faced “unpreviously unprecedented” difficulties in Myanmar, where more than 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh, the country’s new military chief said on Sunday.
In a speech to the state council in the capital, Yangon, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said the army had arrested 10 “terrorists” who had fled to neighbouring Bangladesh.
The new army chief also said the Rohingya crisis had “become a political and humanitarian crisis”.
He did not elaborate.
The government’s new leader in the state, U Thaw Rakhon, has said that more than 100,000 of the displaced people have been “rendered in accordance with the law” and were awaiting repatriation.
On Friday, Myanmar’s army said that at least 2,874 Rohingya Muslims were killed in clashes in the north of the country.
A Rohingya man walks on a street in Rakhina state, Myanmar, September 12, 2020.
Rakhine states have been wracked by violence in recent months.
The violence has prompted many people to flee to neighbouring countries to seek refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh, but Myanmar has also detained hundreds.
Rights groups have condemned the new military government’s handling of the crisis, with Human Rights Watch calling for the “unimaginable” detention of Rohingya in the country, and Amnesty International calling for its release.