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Arab MKS condemn Israel's role in Myanmar massacres

Protest against Myanmar`s oppression towards Rohingya Muslims in Indonesia on 8 September 2017 [Agoes Rudianto/Anadolu Agency]
Protest against Myanmar`s oppression towards Rohingya Muslims in Indonesia on 8 September 2017 [Agoes Rudianto/Anadolu Agency]

Arab representatives in Israel's Knesset today condemned Tel Aviv's role in the massacres carried out by Myanmar armed forces and gangs against Rohingya in Arakan province.

The Joint List, which holds 13 seats in the Knesset, declared in statement that it condemns "Israel's role in the massacres against Rohingya Muslims by supplying these criminals with ammunition and weapons."

Earlier this week, Israeli newspaper Haaretz published an article that indicated that the Israeli government continued to sell arms to the Myanmar army despite its military operations against Rohingya Muslims.

The Arab List of representatives said in a statement that it deplores the "ongoing massacres and the demographic genocide carried out by Myanmar army forces and its associated gangs against Muslims."

The List described the military operations carried out against Rohingya as "war crimes and crimes against humanity", calling for a firm international stand to stop the "displacement and genocide" and to prosecute those responsible for it.

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The list also demanded the international community condemn the crimes against the Rohingya and its perpetrators and to take practical steps to compel the Myanmar Government to put an end to its own crimes against the indigenous population.

Israeli authorities have made no comments in response to the accusations.

Since 25 August, Myanmar's army has been committing mass killings against Rohingya Muslims in Arakan, sparking a wave of condemnation around the world, especially by Muslims.

No clear statistics about the victims of the genocide are available, but in an interview with the Anadolu Agency activist Omran Al-Arakani said that they had identified 7,354 dead and 6,541 wounded Rohingya since the beginning of the genocide campaign until Wednesday.

Earlier today, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced that more than 270,000 Rohingya refugees from Arakan had fled to Bangladesh because of abuses they suffered in the past two weeks.

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