Myanmar’s presidential spokesman has confirmed that 176 Rohingya Muslim villages in the country’s western Rakhine state are empty as residents flee a violent crackdown by the Burmese army.
Nearly 400,000 Rohingya have fled, including many orphans.
Rohingya Muslims watch in horror as their villages burn at the behest of Myanmar's government. /1
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The Myanmar army and police began a campaign of violence against the Rohingya people following an attack by Rohingya insurgents against Burmese border posts. The Burmese army are said to have engaged in flagrant human rights abuses, including arson, gang rape, and infanticide against the Rohingya minority.
BANGKOK (AP) _ Myanmar presidential spokesman says 176 ethnic Rohingya villages are now empty after all residents fled.
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BBC has interviewed couple in Bangladesh from Gawdu Thar Ya, village I saw being burned 7 Sept – say they were attacked, driven out by army
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"At first they don't talk, don't eat, don't play. They just sit still." More than 1,100 Rohingya children have arrived alone in Bangladesh. pic.twitter.com/5UfymqGDIi
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Bangladesh HC tells me what is happening in Myanmar is "genocide", calls on India to do more to urge Myanmar to end violence. Intw at 8pm
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