2 Ro­hingya women killed in Myan­mar shelling

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Yan­gon, Myan­mar - Two Ro­hingya women were killed and seven oth­ers in­jured in shelling the Myan­mar mil­i­tary and in­sur­gents blamed on each other, days after the UN’s top court or­dered the coun­try to pro­tect the be­lea­guered Mus­lim mi­nor­ity.

Mil­i­tary spokesper­son Zaw Min Tun said that one woman was killed on the spot by ‘heavy weapons’ while an­other died after ar­riv­ing at hos­pi­tal in con­flict-torn north­ern Rakhine state.

He blamed the deaths on in­cur­sions by the Arakan Army, rebels fight­ing for more au­ton­omy for eth­nic Rakhine Bud­dhists in the same area where the Ro­hingya cri­sis un­folded.

But a spokesper­son for the Arakan Army said there had been no fight­ing with the mil­i­tary in that area and they are ‘ac­cus­ing and fak­ing it’.

The con­flict has seen scores of civil­ians killed, hun­dreds wounded and some 100,000 dis­placed in the past year.

Ear­lier this month four Ro­hingya chil­dren were killed and five oth­ers in­jured along­side their teacher after an ex­plo­sion hit while they col­lected fire­wood.

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