At least 110 people, including 11 civilians, have been killed in recent violent attacks on government posts by Rohingya insurgents, Myanmar said Tuesday.
Most of the victims are Rohingya rebels, who might have lost around 90 troops, according to the official daily Global New Light of Myanmar.
The Office of Myanmar State Counsellor and Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, de facto leader of the country, said on Aug. 26, five civilians from the Daingnet ethnic community were killed during a siege laid by an armed group of 100 against a village in the state of Rakhine, from where 55 people were evacuated, including some of those who were injured.
A day earlier, on Aug. 25, around a thousand Rohingya insurgents had launched coordinated attacks against police outposts and police stations in the northern Maungdaw township near Myanmar's border with Bangladesh.
The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) - that claimed an attack on three police posts on Oct. 9 2016 that had killed nine officers and had led to a violent military crackdown in the region - had claimed the latest attacks in a Twitter post.
On Monday, the group had accused the Myanmar army of war crimes, including genocide, following a statement by Suu Kyi's office on Sunday that had them a terrorist organization.
Meanwhile, nonprofit Human Rights Watch (HRW) Tuesday said Myanmar has repeatedly demonstrated that it has neither the interest nor the ability to hold an impartial probe and should allow independent investigators in the region to determine allegations of human rights violations against both sides.
More than a million Rohingyas live in Rakhine, where they face growing discrimination due to the sectarian conflict, which killed at least 160 people in 2012 and displaced nearly 120,000.
Since the October attack and the ensuing army offensive, at least 85,000 Rohingyas have fled to neighboring Bangladesh amid reports of human rights violations which according to the United Nations could constitute crimes against humanity.
Myanmar considers the Rohingyas illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and imposes many restrictions on them, including on their freedom of movement.
Last week a government-appointed commission, chaired by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, had presented a final report with 88 recommendations to address the Rohingya crisis and that had dismissed force as a solution to the sectarian violence in the Rakhine state, home to a majority of the Rohingyas.