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Thousands of Rohingya Houses destroyed in Northern Rakhine

By Ziya, The Stateless Rohingya

Major destructions of Rohingya houses and properties are reported as Myanmar military and Buddhist extremists rampageously torches down villages after villagers in Northern Rakhine State.

The satellite imagery released by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on September 2, indicates the total destructions of villagers across three townships Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung.

HRW has identified more 700 houses destroyed in a single Rohingya village – Chein Kar Li, Rathedaung, where major civilian casualties have also been reported. It is estimated that the township alone has nearly more than a thousand dead as Rohingya villagers were fallen under the siege of Myanmar armed forces and Rakhine extremist mobs, who started killing spree since August 25.

“This new satellite imagery shows the total destruction of a Muslim village, and prompts serious concerns that the level of devastation in northern Rakhine State may be far worse than originally thought. Yet this is only one of 17 sites that we’ve located where burnings have taken place,” said deputy Asia Director of HRW Phil Robertson.

The majority of Rohingya residents in Rathedaung lost their houses, properties and lives as they continue to live in forests without food, medicine and humanitarian aid.

HRW satellite imagery also detected major sites of fire in Maungdaw township, where the exact number of destructions of buildings could at least be over two thousand. Hundreds of houses are reported set on fire in Chaung Taung (Gaw Ra Khali), Maungdaw. >>

An army battalion besieged the village on September 1 and 2, they burnt more than 70 houses and shops on first day, and repeated burning of more than 80 houses on second day which coincided with Muslims’ “Festival of Sacrifice”.

The destructions of houses are also reported in villages of Buthidaung township as thousands of Rohingya are displaced with the offensive campaign of genocide against Rohingya is unfolded in the region.

With the destructions of houses, properties and livestock, as many as 100,000 Rohingya in the three townships faces massive humanitarian crisis with food, medicine, shelter, and post-traumatic event.

“These new satellite images show exactly why it is critical for international investigators to be allowed on the ground in Rakhine State. The UN Fact Finding Mission should get the full cooperation of the Burmese government to fulfil their mandate to assess human rights abuses in Rakhine State and explore ways to end attacks and ensure accountability,” Mr. Roberton said.