Myanmar army replaces general in charge of Rakhine operation

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Young Rohingya refugees react as they look through a temporary bamboo barricade in Bangladesh’s Ukhia district. Photo: Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

Yangon: Myanmar’s army has replaced the general in charge of Rakhine State, an army media officer said on Monday, where an army operation drove more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh.

No reason was given why Major General Maung Maung Soe was transferred from his post as the head of Western Command in Rakhine, where Myanmar’s military, known as the Tatmadaw, launched a sweeping operation in August.

“I don’t know the reason why he was transferred,” Major General Aye Lwinhe said as a UN official accused the military of conducting organized rape and other crimes against humanity.

“He wasn’t moved into any position at present, he has been put in reserve.”

He said the transfer was ordered on 10 November and Brigadier General Soe Tint Naing had been appointed as the new head of Western Command. Reuters

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