Stand-down of Myanmar military defuses border crisis with Bangladesh

The Myanmar military (Tatmadaw) has pulled back troops from the country’s border with Bangladesh. This comes following an increase in tensions and protests from Dhaka (Bangladesh).

Myanmar’s army backed paramilitary Border Guard Police did this on March 3-4. The action reportedly Involved 200 troops that were supported by mortars and machine guns. This pull back followed the sudden reinforcement of Myanmar forces at what is widely regarded as one the region’s tensest frontiers. It is the Ghundum – Taung Pyo Let Wea crossing point.

The crossing point has been occupied since August 2017 by an estimated 6,000-6,500 Muslim Rohingya refugees.

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