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Rohingya fighters declare unilateral one month ceasefire

The armed Rohingya organisation, Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army declared a unilateral month long ceasefire on Saturday in order allow aid to be distributed. 

Violence in Myanmar between government troops and ARSA has dramatically escalated in recent weeks after Myanmar's troops launched a large scale operation in Rakhine purported to be in retaliation for coordinated attacks on police posts by ARSA. 

Over 270,000 Rohingya Muslims have been forced to flee the region to Bangladesh, with numerous reports of government soldiers firing at fleeing refugees and burning their homes. 

“Arsa strongly encourages all concerned humanitarian actors to resume their humanitarian assistance to all victims of the humanitarian crisis, irrespective of ethnic or religious background during the ceasefire period,” ARSA said in a statement, encouraging the government troops to also cease military activities. 

Myanmar's defacto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi has come under widespread criticism for her failure to act to stop what has been described as ethnic cleansing and genocide of the Rohingya population by the Buddhist state.