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Buildings Destroyed as Government Hunts Muslims

(Aljazeera) – High-definition satellite images show 820 newly identified structures destroyed in five Rohingya Muslim villages in the Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state this month where the military is carrying out counter-insurgency operations, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).

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In a statement released on Monday, the US-based group urged the government to invite the United Nations to assist in an impartial investigation.

Satellite images show destruction across five villages [Photo Credit: HRW]
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“These alarming new satellite images confirm that the destruction in Rohingya villages is far greater and in more places than the government has admitted,” said Brad Adams, HRW’s Asia director

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Myanmar president’s spokesman accused HRW of exaggeration last week after the release of an initial set of satellite imagery that showed 430 destroyed buildings in three villages.

He accused the international media of misreporting the situation in Rakhine, where the government has mounted a massive, ongoing security operation since nine police officers were killed by unidentified assailants who attacked guard posts in Maungdaw village bordering Bangladesh last month.

The government has acknowledged using helicopter gunships in support of ground troops in the operations.

Rohingya Muslims face intense discrimination, repression and violence in Rakhine state. Viewed as illegal migrants, they have frequently been targeted by the Buddhist Rakhine majority.

A family stands beside remains of a market which was set on fire, in Rohingya village outside Maungdaw, in Rakhine state, Myanmar October 27, 2016.

The state refuses to grant them citizenship even though they have lived in the region for generations.

More than 100,000 Rohingya still live in camps after being driven from their homes following clashes with the Rakhine people in 2012.

Read original Al-Jazeera article here 

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