King Dragon operation in Arakan
The King Dragon Operation, or Naga Min Sitsin Yae, was a large scale military
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 operation in Arakan
Rakhine State
Rakhine State is a Burmese state. Situated on the western coast, it is bordered by Chin State in the north, Magway Region, Bago Region and Ayeyarwady Region in the east, the Bay of Bengal to the west, and the Chittagong Division of Bangladesh to the northwest. It is located approximately between...

, Burma carried out during the rule of General Ne Win
Ne Win
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. The operation focused on rooting out Mujahid
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 rebels in the area. who had been fighting for an Islamic state in Northern Rakhine state. However, some claim that the operation was a front for rounding up Rohingya people.

The operation began February 6, 1978 in the village of Sakkipara in Sittwe
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 district, where there were mass arrest
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s and torture
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 of alleged collaborators and sympathizers of the Mujahid rebels. Over three months, approximately 200,000 to 250,000 Muslims, consisting mainly Rohingya
Rohingya people
The Rohingya is a predominantly Muslim ethnic group of disputed origin who live in Arakan State, western Burma. The Rohingya population is mostly concentrated to the cities of Maungdaw, Buthidaung, Akyab, Rathedaung and Kyauktaw.-Etymology:...

 fled to neighboring Bangladesh
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 , where the Muslim government of Bangladesh offered them shelter in makeshift camps. The United Nations
United Nations
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 recognized them as refugee
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s and began a relief operation.
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