About 280 families (as many as 1,300 people) were allowed to return to their villages in northern Rakhine in the last week of February. They had been displaced after armed attacks on Myanmar border guard police posts on 9 October and subsequent security operations (OCHA, 27 February 2017; OCHA, 5 March 2017). Security operations officially ended in mid-February, but fear of violence and restrictions on movement and activities remained, making displaced people reluctant to return (VOA, 22 February 2017).