Sun.Star Cebu - - WORLD -

Myan­mar’s mil­i­tary is deny­ing its forces com­mit­ted atroc­i­ties dur­ing oper­a­tions in the west of the coun­try that have sparked the ex­o­dus of more than 600,000 Ro­hingya Mus­lims. The mil­i­tary is­sued a state­ment say­ing it had car­ried out an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the con­duct of troops in western Rakhine state since Ro­hingya in­sur­gents launched a series of at­tacks on Aug. 25. The mil­i­tary, which in­sisted se­cu­rity forces had abided by Myan­mar law, said Tues­day that is in­ves­ti­ga­tion was based on in­ter­views with thou­sands of res­i­dents in Rakhine state. Ro­hingya refugees in Bangladesh ac­cuse se­cu­rity forces in Myan­mar of mas­sacres, rape, loot­ing and the burn­ing of hun­dreds of vil­lages dur­ing the mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion.

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