The temporary ceasefire comes amid a growing humanitarian crisis which has seen almost 300,000 Rohingyas flee to Bangladesh in the past two weeks.
Rohingya Insurgents Declare Temporary Ceasefire
Rohingya insurgents on Sunday declared a month-long unilateral ceasefire in order to enable aid groups to help ease a humanitarian crisis in northwest Myanmar, Reuters reported.
Nearly 300,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh in the past two weeks and 30,000 non-Muslim civilians have been displaced inside Myanmar after the military launched a counter-offensive following attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) insurgents on police posts and an army base on August 25.
In a statement issued by the insurgents, they said: “ARSA strongly encourages all concerned humanitarian actors resume their humanitarian assistance to all victims of the humanitarian crisis, irrespective of ethnic or religious background during the ceasefire period.”
In the past two weeks countless homes in villages have been torched as thousands flee to bordering Bangladesh.
The massive influx of refugees has added enormous strain to aid agencies in Bangladesh while organizations warned on Saturday that a major humanitarian crisis was unfolding in northwestern Myanmar.
In its statement, ARSA called on the military to also lay down arms and allow humanitarian aid to all affected people, Reuters reported.
Myanmar says its security forces are carrying out clearance operations to defend against ARSA, which the government has declared a terrorist organization.
Rights monitors and fleeing Rohingya say the army and Rakhine Buddhist vigilantes have mounted a campaign of arson aimed at driving out the Muslim population, Reuters stated.