Myan­mar army torches 62 Ro­hingya vil­lages, HRW says

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Regional -

MYAN­MAR army has burnt over 60 vil­lages and de­stroyed more than 900 build­ings of Ro­hingya Mus­lims in the coun­try's western state, an in­ter­na­tional rights body said in a state­ment Friday.

The Hu­man Rights Watch (HRW) re­leased new satel­lite im­agery and sen­sory data show­ing that 62 vil­lages and 948 build­ings in Rakhine state were tar­geted by ar­son at­tacks be­tween Aug. 25 and Sept. 14, 2017.

"Our field re­search backs what the sat- el­lite im­agery has in­di­cated - that the Burmese [Myan­mar's] mil­i­tary is di­rectly re­spon­si­ble for the mass burn­ing of Ro­hingya vil­lages…," said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia di­rec­tor of the HRW.

"The United Na­tions and mem­ber coun­tries should ur­gently im­pose mea­sures on the Burmese govern­ment to stop these atrocities and end the forced flight of Ro­hingya from Burma," he de­manded.

The rights group be­lieved that the new tar­get of the army is Maung­daw dis­trict and its neigh­bor­ing vil­lages.

"Satel­lite de­tec­tion of mul­ti­ple ac­tive fires on Sept. 11 and 13 sug­gest that vil­lages in new areas of Maung­daw town­ship are now be­ing tar­geted for de­struc­tion."

U.N. Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res and hu­man rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hus­sein said that the Myan­mar se­cu­rity forces' ac­tions amount to "eth­nic cleans­ing."

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