September 1, 2017 / 5:35 PM / 2 years ago

U.N. chief calls for restraint to avoid 'humanitarian catastrophe' in Myanmar's Rakhine State

FILE PHOTO: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres attends a news conference at UN-run school in the northern Gaza Strip August 30, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

NEW YORK (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday expressed concern over reports of violence in Myanmar’s northwest and called for restraint to avoid “a humanitarian catastrophe.”

“The secretary-general is deeply concerned by the reports of excesses during the security operations conducted by Myanmar’s security forces in Rakhine State and urges restraint and calm to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe,” Guterres said in a statement.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Writing by Tim Ahmann; Editing by Dan Grebler

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