288 Rohingya villages torched in Rakhine :HRW


PV International Desk : At least 288 villages have been partially or totally destroyed by fire in Rakhine since Aug 25, says rights body Human Rights Watch, or HRW.
Tens of thousands of structures, mostly Rohingya homes, were torched, it said.
The analysis is based on satellite images that show burnings of the Rohingya villages occurred after Myanmar officials said ‘clearance operations’ had ceased. At least 66 of the villages have been burned since Sept 5, the date where the operations reportedly ended.
The images show several areas where Rohingya villages were destroyed while nearby ethnic Rakhine villages were intact.
These latest satellite images show why over half a million Rohingya fled to Bangladesh in just four weeks,” said HRW Deputy Asia Director Phil Robertson.
The Myanmar army destroyed hundreds of Rohingya villages while committing killings, rapes, and other crimes against humanity that forced Rohingya to flee for their lives, he said.