Govt uses scorched earth tac­tics in Rakhine - Re­port

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Se­cu­rity forces and vig­i­lante mobs in Myan­mar are car­ry­ing out a scorched-earth pol­icy in the ma­jor­ity-Mus­lim re­gion of Rakhine State, burn­ing down en­tire Ro­hingya vil­lages and shoot­ing at peo­ple as they try to flee, Amnesty In­ter­na­tional has said. Ac­cord­ing to new satel­lite im­agery, fire-de­tec­tion data, pho­to­graphs and videos from the ground, the hu­man rights group said on Thurs­day that there were at least 80 large-scale fires in in­hab­ited ar­eas across north­ern Rakhine State since 25 Au­gust. “The ev­i­dence is ir­refutable the Myan­mar se­cu­rity forces are set­ting north­ern Rakhine State ablaze in a tar­geted cam­paign to push the Ro­hingya peo­ple out of Myan­mar,” said Ti­rana Has­san, Amnesty In­ter­na­tional’s Cri­sis Re­sponse Di­rec­tor.

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