Vil­lages burn in Myan­mar

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

YAN­GON: Smoke bil­lowed from at least three burn­ing vil­lages in the re­mote sec­tion of Rakhine state where Myan­mar’s mil­i­tary is car­ry­ing out sweeps for mil­i­tants, an AFP reporter saw yes­ter­day.

The vi­o­lence, which erupted six days ago af­ter Ro­hingya mil­i­tants staged sur­prise raids on po­lice posts, has shown little sign of abat­ing, leav­ing at least 110 con­firmed dead and send­ing thou­sands flee­ing.

The dis­placed in­clude eth­nic Rakhine peo­ple and the per­se­cuted Ro­hingya mi­nor­ity, thou­sands of whom have massed at the “zero line” bor­der with Bangladesh which they are barred from cross­ing.

The bod­ies of two Ro­hingya women and two chil­dren washed up on Bangladeshi soil yes­ter­day, an of­fi­cial there said, as vil­lagers took to rick­ety boats or tried to swim across a fron­tier river.

Vil­lagers in Rakhine con­tin­ued to flee their homes yes­ter­day.

A Ro­hingya vil­lager near the town of Maung­daw, speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity, said res­i­dents fled his ham­let as se­cu­rity forces ap­proached and torched their homes.

It was not im­me­di­ately pos­si­ble to ver­ify his ac­count but Ro­hingya who have made it into Bangladesh have brought sim­i­lar tes­ti­mony with them.

Large fires were vis­i­ble early yes­ter­day from the May Yu river that cuts through the area worst hit by un­rest, ac­cord­ing to an AFP reporter trav­el­ling by boat on a Myan­mar gov­ern­ment-led trip to the town of Maung­daw. – AFP

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