ANKARA

The U.S. State Department expressed concern Wednesday about escalating violence in Myanmar and urged parties to take necessary precautions to protect local communities amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“The United States is deeply troubled by escalating violence in northern Rakhine State and Chin State, where dozens have been killed and thousands have been displaced in recent months,” agency spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.

The U.S. encourages “all parties to cease fighting, take necessary precautions to protect local communities, and pursue peaceful dialogue,” she said.

Underlining the U.S. efforts to decrease violence and ease humanitarian suffering in Myanmar since

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