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Myanmar told to give peace a chance

Military accused of intensifying offensive in Rakhine as the world's attention is focused on Covid-19

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Myanmar told to give peace a chance

Residents carry the body of an ethnic Rakhine woman for burial in Rathedaung township after fresh fighting between the Myanmar military and the Arakan Army in February 2019. (Photo: AFP) 

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On April 20, a United Nations-marked vehicle was ambushed as it carried Covid-19 sample tests in conflict-stricken Rakhine and the driver, an employee of the World Health Organization, died and another health worker was injured.

This is the latest civilian fatality in Myanmar’s western region, which has been embroiled in an intensifying civil war between the military and the Arakan Army  demanding more autonomy for the ethnic Rakhine.

State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi’s office blamed the Arakan Army for the attack, an accusation they deny.

The attack on the UN vehicle has drawn strong condemnation from the United Nations, NGOs and rights groups and calls for an independent investigation into the case.

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