Schools in Myanmar's Rakhine state to reopen as security improves

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-16 09:50:50|Editor: Yang Yi
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YANGON, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- Some schools in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state, which were closed due to terrorist attacks since late August, will reopen on Monday as security situation improved, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Saturday.

It is expected that other schools in ethnic national villages in Maungtaw will follow suit, the Maungtaw Education Department was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

Under terrorists' threat, ethnic nationals in Maungtaw and some villages had fled to other safer places such as Sittway, Buthidaung and Yathedaung.

Meanwhile, a total of 4,220 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have returned to their villages as clashes abated between Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) extremist terrorists and security forces in the region, according to reports.

With the help of security forces, the IDPs from 15 ethnic villages in Maungtaw, Yathedaung and Buthidaung townships were escorted back to their homes.

Local authorities were making efforts to restore peace and stability in the region.