Myan­mar mil­i­tary de­nies atroc­i­ties vs. Ro­hingya

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NAYPY­ITAW, Myan­mar — Myan­mar’s mil­i­tary is­sued its most force­ful de­nial yet that its forces com­mit­ted atroc­i­ties dur­ing “clear­ance op­er­a­tions” in the west of the coun­try, say­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion ab­solved them of wrong­do­ing in a cri­sis that has trig­gered the largest refugee ex­o­dus in Asia in decades.

The re­port con­tra­dicts state­ments from eth­nic Ro­hingya Mus­lim refugees now in Bangladesh — some with gun­shot wounds and se­vere burns — who have de­scribed mas­sacres, rape, loot­ing and the burn­ing of hun­dreds of vil­lages by Myan­mar’s army and civil­ian mobs.

The re­port ac­knowl­edged that bat­tles against mil­i­tants from the Arakan Ro­hingya Sal­va­tion Army had left 376 “ter­ror­ists” dead but claimed se­cu­rity forces had “never shot at the in­no­cent Ben­galis” and “there was no death of in­no­cent peo­ple.”

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