176 ethnic Rohingya villages empty as all residents fled: Myanmar

United News of Bangladesh | Published: 12:09, Sep 14,2017


Rohingya refugees walk on the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal in Shah Porir Dwip, Cox’s Bazar September 11, 2017. — Reuters photo

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

The crisis in Myanmar erupted on August 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 Rohingyas in both cases.

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

Many of the Rohingyas 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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