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    Mass Killing in Rathedaung

    By The Stateless Rohingya

    RATHEDAUNG, BURMA. Myanmar troops escalated the systematic oppression and killing of Rohingya civilians in Northern Rakhine State leading up to major clashes on August 25th, 2017. Since then mass killings have been reported in Maungdaw, Buthidaung, and Rathedaung Townships.

    On August 27th at 5 P.M. local time, Rohingya villagers in Chut Pyin , Rathedaung were taking shelter when troops alongside extremist Rakhine civilians raided the village.

    Photos sent after the raid show the victims as vulnerable Rohingya women and children.

    A villager who fled the mass killing, recounted that for every 10 people only 2 were able to escape. He also said that the all Rohingya people who stayed back and tried to take shelter were murdered by the troops and mob of Rakhine settlers.

    It is estimated that between 200 and 300 Rohingya civilians were killed, and the entire remainder of the community has been displaced to nearby forests in Rathedaung. This atrocious campaign of mass killings is simultaneously taking place in the much larger Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships, where the civilian casualties are reported to be higher.

    The reports coming out of Rathedaung, which has been the target of ongoing atrocities for the last 3 days, are extremely excruciating.  These mass killings, arbitrary arrests, destruction of houses and property are further crimes against humanity which the international community should pressure the Myanmar government to allow an independent investigation.