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Myanmar: Satellite images reveal ‘destruction’ in Rakhine

Last Updated: Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 23:19

Zeenews Bureau

Rakhine: A US-based human rights group has released images depicting the extent of damage in the violence-stricken Rakhine state, as per a BBC report.

The satellite images reportedly show that 35-acres of land in Kyaukpyu have been burned to the ground. Over 800 buildings in the area, mainly inhabited by Muslim Rohingyas, have also been reportedly destroyed, as per reports.

The long-brewing conflict is rooted in a dispute over the Muslim residents` origin. Although many Rohingya have lived in Myanmar for generations, they are widely denigrated as intruders who came from neighbouring Bangladesh to steal scarce land.

The death toll from recent ethnic violence in Myanmar`s western state of Rakhine has surpassed 100, an official said on Friday, as the government warned that the strife risks harming the country`s reputation as it seeks to install democratic rule.

In June, ethnic violence in the state left at least 90 people dead and destroyed more than 3,000 homes. About 75,000 have been living in refugee camps ever since.

The mob violence has seen entire villages torched and has drawn international calls for government intervention.

(With Agency Inputs)

First Published: Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 13:34
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