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176 ethnic Rohingya villages empty as all residents fled: Myanmar

14 September 2017,Thursday, 11:45



Bangkok, Sep 14, AP

Myanmar presidential spokesman says 176 ethnic Rohingya villages are now empty after all residents fled.

The crisis in Myanmar erupted on Aug. 25, when an insurgent Rohingya group attacked on police outposts in Myanmar's Rakhine state. Myanmar's military launched "clearance operations" against the rebels, setting off a wave of violence that have left hundreds dead and thousands of homes burned — mostly Rohingya in both cases.

The government blames Rohingya for the attacks, but journalists who visited the region found evidence that raises doubts about its claims that Rohingya set fire to their own homes.

Many of the Rohingya who flooded into refugee camps in Bangladesh told of Myanmar soldiers shooting indiscriminately, burning their homes and warning them to leave or die. Others said they were attacked by Buddhist mobs.

 

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