What is the ‘Bali Island’ crisis?
With the island of Bali being under siege by international military forces, the question is whether the government of Indonesia can afford to continue to keep troops on the island.
The situation is very tense as the country’s military has taken over control of the island, with reports of a mass exodus of people from Bali.
The Indonesian military is currently engaged in an operation in Bali’s Lolo region to clear an area where militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) have been holed up in caves.
The operation has seen hundreds of Indonesian troops being deployed in the area, but the military’s presence has reportedly been met with opposition from locals and local tribes.
The country’s government has been facing a number of challenges since the end of June, with many local tribes refusing to allow troops to enter their territory, which has also seen clashes between security forces and the locals.
The armed groups are believed to be operating from caves in the mountains of Balinga, which are under the control of militants from the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), an armed group linked to the FPI.
As a result, the Indonesian military has been deployed in Balingo and surrounding areas to clear the area and restore order, which is currently under threat from the group.
According to AFP, the Bali island situation has become a ‘bargaining chip’ between the armed groups and the Indonesian government.
The group’s leader, Muhammad Ali Al-Ansi, has been in hiding since late June, as security forces had closed the area of Basinga and the surrounding mountains for fear of an attack.
He has denied that the group has any links to the Islamic Emirate of Indonesia, which he said was acting as an extension of the military.
He also told AFP that they would not allow the Indonesian armed forces to enter the area.
The government of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, is also involved in the conflict, with the military currently fighting against the FPHI, which was formed after the 2014 coup.
The FPHIs presence has also led to the deaths of dozens of civilians, with at least three civilians killed on the day the military began its operation.
In June, the FPLO and the military attempted to reach an agreement with the Indonesian army, in which the latter would hand over the Balingas caves to the Indonesian troops.
The deal was never struck, however, as the military continued to bombard the area with artillery and tear gas, with clashes continuing to break out.
As of June 24, the situation had grown so tense that President Joko Widodo ordered the government to deploy soldiers to Balingan, an area under the FFPIs control, to restore order.
In a statement, the government said that the government would deploy the troops in Basingan to prevent any further deterioration in security.
However, local media reported that local tribes in the Baringo region, which includes Balingah, were not able to agree on the terms of the deal.
The local tribes want to retain control over the caves and their natural resources, but are not willing to hand over them to the military for protection.
In order to stop the military from entering the Basesa area, the tribes have taken matters into their own hands.
They have declared a ceasefire, in order to prevent the government from invading the area again.
As the conflict continues, the death toll has continued to rise.
The AFP reports that on June 26, at least 23 people were killed in a clash between soldiers and residents of Baskingo.
Meanwhile, the conflict is also threatening to push the country into a humanitarian crisis.
With the Indonesian Defence Force unable to provide aid to Bali residents and unable to prevent civilians from fleeing the area due to its heavy shelling, the island has been turned into a camp.
Many are now sleeping in the open.
According a report by Al Jazeera’s John Suttner, a number in the Indonesian civilian population are seeking shelter on the islands backwater.
Many families are afraid of the threat of being arrested by the military and facing long prison sentences for leaving the island and their belongings in Bamingo.
The crisis is threatening the health of the population and could lead to a humanitarian catastrophe.
The number of people who are suffering from malaria, tuberculosis, diarrhoea and other diseases is expected to soar if Bali is not given access to clean drinking water.
“We are not living in a democracy and this is a situation where we have a situation in which we have to choose between the lives of our children and the lives we are able to provide,” said one local tribal leader who asked not to be named.
“If Bali cannot be given clean water and health care, there is no reason why the entire region should not be given access,” he added.
Meanwhile the country is also facing another crisis of its own: the deadly coronavirus.
According, the coronaviruses deaths have increased by 60 percent, with one death