09 Sep '17, 3pm

Fires destroy more villages in Myanmar's #Rohingya region: Sources

YANGON (REUTERS) - Several more villages were burned down on Saturday (Sept 9) in a part of north-west Myanmar where many Rohingya Muslims had been sheltering from violence sweeping the area, two sources monitoring the situation said. The fires, which started on Friday when up to eight villages went up in flames in the ethnically mixed Rathedaung region, have increased concerns that more minority Rohingya will flee to neighbouring Bangladesh. Blazes started on Saturday engulfed as many as four more settlements in Rathedaung, likely destroying all the Muslim villages in the area, the sources said. "Slowly, one after another villages are being burnt down - I believe that Rohingyas are already wiped out completely from Rathedaung," said Chris Lewa of the Rohingya monitoring group, the Arakan Project. "There were 11 Muslim villages (in Rathedaung) and after the past two days a...

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