The statement is the army s first public acknowledgement of wrongdoing since it launched clearance operations against Rohingya in August, prompting more than 650,000 to flee into neighbouring Bangladesh in what the United Nations (UN) has called ethnic cleansing. A statement on the military commander-in-chief s Facebook page said the Rohingya found in the mass grave had threatened Buddhist villagers and were killed in retaliation. The UN and other groups have accused the military of widespread atrocities against Rohingya, including killings, rapes, and the burning of homes . But the military has previously denied any wrongdoing by security forces.
The government of Buddhist-majority Myanmar has refused to accept Rohingya Muslims as a minority group, despite many families having lived in the country for generations . They are widely referred to as Bengalis and accused of migrating illegally from Bangladesh. The army described the 10 Rohingya Muslims found in the mass grave as Bengali terrorists . Their bodies were discovered in December near a cemetery in Inn Din village.
It is true that both the villagers and security forces admitted they killed the 10 Bengali terrorists, the military statement said . The army will take charge of those who are responsible for the killings and who broke the rules of engagement . This incident happened because ethnic Buddhist villagers were threatened and provoked by the terrorists.
Tensions have simmered for decades between Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya . Hundreds of the minority Muslims were killed in two bouts of violence in Rakhine in 2012, and 120,000 Rohingya remain in camps in the state. In the wake of the 2012 clashes, some Rohingya began organising a militant group, which killed nine border police officers in an attack in 2016.
On 25 August last, known as the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), launched wider attacks on Myanmar police and military outposts. The military responded with clearing operations that rights groups say have been accompanied by the rape and murder of Rohingya civilians, whose houses have also been burned down. About 100 Rohingya children are stranded in Myanmar without their parents after military operations drove 655,000 people into Bangladesh, according to the UN.
Another 60,000 Rohingya children are languishing almost forgotten in disease-ridden camps inside Myanmar since being driven from their homes during violence in 2012, said UN children s agency (UNICEF) spokeswoman Marixie Mercado said. She told reporters in Geneva on Tuesday that she spent a month in Myanmar s Rakhine state and visited one camp where shelters teeter on stilts above garbage and excrement and four children died of disease within three weeks.
We hear of high levels of toxic fear in children from both Rohingya and Rakhine communities, she said, referring to the ethnic Rakhine people, the state s majority population. Myanmar government spokesman Zaw Htay told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that authorities were not aware of any children left alone in Myanmar following the exodus to Bangladesh in the last half of 2017.
The government has rejected accusations of ethnic cleansing, blaming most of the violence on insurgents.
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Journalist Carrie Gracie speaks to the media outside the BBC in London after she turned down a 45,000 rise, describing the offer as a “botched solution” to the problem of unequal pay at the BBC . Gracie said she told the corporation she wanted equality, rather than more money, and was determined not to help the organisation “perpetuate a failing pay structure by discriminating against women”
2/41 7 January 2018
A man reads a newspaper as he takes part in the annual ‘No Trousers On The Tube Day’ (No Pants Subway Ride) at Liverpool Street Station . Started in 2002 with only seven participants, the day is now marked in over 60 cities around the world . The idea behind “No Pants” is that random passengers board a subway car at separate stops in the middle of winter, without wearing trousers . The participants wear all of the usual winter clothing on their top half such as hats, scarves and gloves and do not acknowledge each other’s similar state of undress. AFP/Getty
3/41 6 January 2018
League Two side Coventry City celebrate victory over Premier League side Stoke in the FA Cup third round
4/41 5 January 2018
A commendation ceremony takes place at Manchester Town Hall to recognise the actions of police and rail staff following the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena in May 2017
5/41 4 January 2018
Stuart (no surname given) with his possessions in a bus stop near Windsor Castle, Berkshire . Prime Minister Theresa May has said she disagrees with Tory council leader Simon Dudley, who called on police to clear rough sleepers from Windsor before the royal wedding
6/41 3 January 2018
Storm Eleanor lashed the UK with violent storm-force winds of up to 100mph
7/41 2 January 2018
Members of National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) hold a demonstration against rail fare increases outside Kings Cross Railway Station, London .
Average rail ticket prices across Britain have risen by 3.4 percent, the biggest increase to rail fares for five years
8/41 1 January 2018
A man takes part in the Mappleton Bridge Jump, an annual unofficial tradition where those willing jump from Okeover bridge on New Years Day into the River Dove
9/41 31 December 2017
Passing clouds creating beautiful colours in Wimbledon on the last sunset of the year
10/41 30 December 2017
One person was taken to hospital after a fire broke out on the ninth floor of a building in Joiner Street in Manchester’s Northern Quarter
11/41 29 December 2017
Heavy snow, rain, thunderstorms and wind have caused disruption across much of Britain as a band of “severe” weather rolled across the country . Travelers were warned of dangerous roads conditions, with Highways England advising road users to pack shovels, food and water if they do venture out . The weather didn’t just affect travel however, camels on a farm near Richmond, North Yorkshire and various other animals are having to deal with the cold weather
12/41 28 December 2017
Alastair Cook celebrates after reaching his double-century during the third day of the fourth Ashes cricket test match
13/41 27 December 2017
Sheep are driven to another field in the Cotswolds after overnight snow caused travel disruptions across parts of the UK
14/41 26 December 2017
Harry Kane celebrates after scoring his third goal, Tottenham’s fifth, during the Boxing day Premier League match against Southampton at Wembley . He broke Alan Shearer s record of 36 Premier League goals in a calendar year, scoring 39 from 36 matches . Kane also finished 2017 as Europe s leading scorer ahead of Barcelona s Lionel Messi, who has 54 goals from 63 appearances in all competitions . Harry Kane has 56 from 52. AFP/Getty
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Swimmers get out of the water after taking part in the Christmas Day Serpentine swim in Hyde Park, London
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Stuart Broad of England bowls during a nets session at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia .
The fourth Ashes test starts on Boxing Day
17/41 23 December 2017
Staff members console each other as they survey the damage after a fire destroyed a number of buildings at London Zoo . An aardvark has died and four meerkats are missing . Eight zoo workers have been treated by paramedics after a desperate attempt to save the animals from the blaze, which broke out in a petting area.
18/41 22 December 2017
Druids, pagans and revellers gather in the centre of Stonehenge, hoping to see the sun rise, as they take part in a winter solstice ceremony at the ancient neolithic monument of Stonehenge . Despite a forecast for cloud and rain, a large crowd gathered at the famous historic stone circle, to celebrate the sunrise closest to the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year . The event is claimed to be more important in the pagan calendar than the summer solstice, because it marks the ‘re-birth’ of the Sun for the New Year. Getty Images
19/41 21 December 2017
Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz, British Defence Minister Gavin Williamson in the presence of Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May sign a treaty between the Republic of Poland and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on cooperation in the field of defense and security
20/41 20 December 2017
A protester wears a ‘STOP BREXIT’ hat outside the Palace of Westminster
21/41 19 December 2017
The Choristers of St Paul’s rehearse for a series of services and concerts over the Christmas season at St Paul’s Cathedral in London
22/41 18 December 2017
Joe Root, the England captain is interviewed after Australia regained the Ashes . England lost by an innings and 41 run runs in the third test at the WACA in Perth
23/41 17 December 2017
Photos of Richard Ratcliffe and his wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been jailed in Iran, on display at their home in north London .
Mr Ratcliffe says he believes there is “still a chance” she may be released from an Iranian prison in time for a dream Christmas together. PA
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Oxford Street in London is filled with shoppers with 8 shopping days before Christmas
25/41 15 December 2017
Jonny Bairstow of England headbutts his helmet to celebrate his century during day two of the Third Test match in the 2017/18 Ashes Series between Australia and England at the WACA in Perth, Australia . Bairstow was embroiled in controversy at the beginning of the tour after lightly headbutting Australian opening batsman Cameron Bancroft in an exchange in a bar
26/41 14 December 2017
People at the Grenfell Tower National Memorial Service
27/41 13 December 2017
Wax figures of Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson wearing a Christmas Jumper at Madame Tussauds
28/41 12 December 2017
Victims and family of victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, Nicholas Burton (left), Sandra Ruiz (second right), Karim Mussilhy (right) and a girl who asked not be named (second left), hand in a petition to Downing Street, asking for an overhaul of the public inquiry. PA
29/41 11 December 2017
A homeless man on the streets of Manchester . Many people are spending the night on the streets in freezing temperatures as the Met Office continues to issue weather warnings across the country .
The Shelter charity has said that more than 300,000 are now homeless across Britain, equating to the population of a city the size of Newcastle
30/41 10 December 2017
Pedestrians walk over the Millennium Bridge with St Paul’s Cathedral pictured in the background as snow falls
31/41 9 December 2017
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, left, and Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani, right, with interpreter at centre, during their meeting in Tehran, Iran . Johnson is expected to discuss the fate of detained British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who is serving a five-year prison sentence for allegedly plotting to overthrow Iran’s government. AP
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British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker address a press conference at the European Commission in Brussels
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Nick Dunn, one of the so-called Chennai Six is greeted by his sister Lisa as he arrives at Newcastle Airport after being released from India after serving four years in jail on weapons charges. PA
34/41 6 December 2017
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (L) greets Nigeria’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, George Adesola Oguntade (C), and his wife, Modupe Oguntade, during a private audience at Buckingham Palace in central London
35/41 5 December 2017
800 abandoned buckets appear at Potters Field Park, London, in a moving tribute to the 800 children who die every day, on average, due to a lack of clean water and sanitation . Just one bucket in the installation, part of WaterAid s #Untapped appeal, could hold almost enough safe drinking water for one child for a week .
Every 1 donated to the #Untapped appeal until 31st January 2018 will be matched by the UK Government.
WaterAid / Ollie Dixon
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British Prime Minister Theresa May smiles to European Union President Donald Tusk as she attends Brexit negotiations’ meetings
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The last Supermoon of 2017 sets over Whitley Bay, Northumberland
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The crowd reacts as England’s Dawid Malan fails to stop a boundary during the first day of the second Ashes test match
39/41 1 December 2017
England manager, Gareth Southgate, jokes with Belgium manager, Roberto Martinez, after their sides were drawn in the same group during the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia
40/41 30 November 2017
A supporter of Lauri Love, who is accused of hacking into U.S .
government computers, wears a Donald Trump mask as he protests in front of the Royal Courts of Justice in London
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A sign reading ‘We want our future back’ is displayed in front of Westminster during an Anti-Brexit Demonstration
Disney and Hilton hotels to change security policies on ‘do not disturb’ signs after Las Vegas gun massacre
Some Disney hotels have eliminated Do Not Disturb signs to make it easier for staff to check rooms.
The signs have been replaced with Room Occupied and read: The Disney Resort hotel and its staff reserve the right to enter your room, even when this sign is displayed, for maintenance, safety, security or any other purpose.
Disney is not the only company to change its security policy, with the Hilton chain doing the same in November 2017.
Hilton s staff policy is now that staff need to alert a manager on duty if a room has displayed the Do Not Disturb sign for more than 24 hours.
The Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock had killed 58 people and injured nearly 500 after he rained down bullets from his 32nd floor room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel room on the Las Vegas strip.
Paddock had ten suitcases of 23 weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammunition stored in his room.
He had placed the Do Not Disturb sign on his door but even when housekeeping staff checked the room, they have said they did not notice anything awry.
Another Las Vegas hotel, the Orleans Hotel on Tropicana Avenue and Boyd Gaming s dozens of other properties worldwide, have instituted a new policy as of October 2017 as well – welfare checks will be done if guests have used the Do Not Disturb signs for more two consecutive days.
Paddock had checked into Mandalay Bay three days prior to the 1 October 2017 shooting.
Located just a few miles away on the strip from Mandalay Bay, Wynn Las Vegas now requires staff to check rooms every 12 hours.
Paddock reportedly shot himself just ahead of police arriving at his room .
It was the deadliest shooting in modern US history.