ARSA fighters deny any links to terrorist groups

Published 15.09.2017 00:47

The Rohingya group fighting in Myanmar's western region of denied any links to global terror groups, saying they have no ties to any terrorist groups. The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) said it is trying to defend the minority group from a long campaign of persecution and violence. The statement came after al-Qaida urged Muslims to rally to their cause. It said it rejected the involvement of any of terrorist groups in the conflict and called on countries in the region "to prevent terrorists from entering Arakan and making a bad situation worse."

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 cease-fire period," the group said in an earlier statement.

Thanks to the international calls and growing pressure on Myanmar government, a month-long cease-fire was declared over the weekend for allowing the aid delivery. In its statement, ARSA called on the military to also lay down arms and allow humanitarian aid to all affected people.

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