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The army general in charge of the Rakhine state in Myanmar where 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled has been replaced.

Myanmar’s army gave no reason as it moved Major General Maung Maung Soe from his role as head of Western Commands in Rakhine.

Major General Aye Lwin said: “I don’t know the reason why he was transferred.

“He wasn’t moved into any position at present, he has been put in reserve.”

He is replaced by Brigadier General Soe Tint Naing.

A girl is weighed at a Rohingya refugee camp

Image: A girl is weighed at a Rohingya refugee camp

:: Explained: The Rohingya refugee crisis

Around 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have been driven into Bangladesh as they flee an army operation in their homeland.

The government of Myanmar claims the group are illegal immigrants and has left them stateless by refusing to give them citizenship.

Refugees on foot at Sabrang near Teknaf, Bangladesh

Image: Refugees on foot at Sabrang near Teknaf, Bangladesh

It claims 400 people, mostly terrorists, have died but the United Nations puts the estimate closer to 1,000.

Hundreds of thousands have been left trapped on beaches as they have fled the operation, with scores dying as they are attacked, or step on landmines, or drown.

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