Myanmar ‘allows rebels with wooden clubs to watch over fleeing Rohingya’

Reporter sees Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army militants in control of border post at frontier with Bangladesh

Rohingya insurgents declared a month-long unilateral ceasefire last night, saying it would allow aid to reach north-western Myanmar.

The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa) had launched attacks on police posts and an army base last month, prompting retaliation by Myanmar’s military. The violence led to more than 270,000 refugees from the persecuted Rohingya Muslim community fleeing to Bangladesh over the last two weeks, according to the UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR).

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