Myanmar Authorizes Helicopter Use by Military in Rakhine

The government of Myanmar on Friday authorized the use of helicopters in combat by the country’s military in war-torn Rakhine state, at the same time cautioning the army to conduct its operations “with great care” to avoid civilian deaths.director general of the Office of the President, said that the country’s leaders have directed the military to “conduct effective counterinsurgency operations” against the ethnic Arakan Army in Rakhine.“The president’s office has instructed the office of the military chief to use all necessary force, including the use of helicopters,” Zaw Htay said.Instructions given previously with regard to military operations in Rakhine still apply, though, Zaw Htay said.“First, these must be conducted in accordance with the law. Secondly, the military must avoid human rights violations. And thirdly, the operations must be carried out with great care,”......................


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