Vi­o­lence es­ca­lates be­tween Myan­mar forces and Ro­hingya

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Vi­o­lence be­tween a per­se­cuted Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion and Myan­mar se­cu­rity forces es­ca­lated over the week­end as two sol­diers were killed by crudely armed at­tack­ers, ac­cord­ing to gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and Mus­lim res­i­dents. In re­tal­i­a­tion, troops of the Bud­dhist-ma­jor­ity gov­ern­ment burned vil­lages deep in the for­est.

The re­mote en­clave of north­ern Rakhine state close to the Bangladesh bor­der has been un­der siege since the gov­ern­ment sent se­cu­rity forces to hunt for what it says were armed Ro­hingya as­sailants who killed nine po­lice of­fi­cers at three out­posts in early Oc­to­ber.

Since then, hu­man rights groups have re­ceived re­ports of killings of un­armed Ro­hingya men by Myan­mar sol­diers; rapes in vil­lages of Ro­hingya women by sol­diers; and beat­ings of Ro­hingya men held in de­ten­tion in the town of Maung­daw. At least 30 Ro­hingya civil­ians, and pos­si­bly as many as 100, may have been killed, the groups say.

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