Suu Kyi visits conflict-torn Rakhine state

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PV International Desk : Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has arrived in Rakhine state on her first visit to the violence-torn state, reports BBC.

Myanmar government officials said she is visiting the regional capital Sittwe and other towns during a one-day unannounced trip.

She has been criticized around the world for not stopping a military crackdown on Rohingya peoples, amid allegations of ethnic cleansing.

More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since late August.

The unrest in troubled Rakhine was sparked by deadly attacks on police stations across the state, blamed on the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa), a rebel group.

Scores of people were killed in the ensuing military crackdown, and there are widespread allegations of villages being burned and Rohingya being driven out.

Myanmar’s military said its operations are aimed at rooting out militants, and has repeatedly denied targeting civilians. Witnesses, refugees and journalists have contested this.

On Thursday (November 2), government spokesman Zaw Htay told media that Suu Kyi was “now in Sittwe and will go to Maungdaw and Buthiduang too”.