Thursday, June 14, 2012

1,662 homes burned in Rakhine State: Gov’t

Thursday, 14 June 2012 12:17 Mizzima News

A total of 1,662 homes have been destroyed in Burma’s Rakhine State from June 8 to 11, the official state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported on Wednesday. The number could be much higher, said unofficial sources.

The story indicates tensions were still high in the region amid clashes between Buddhist and Muslims, despite some recent reports of calm in the area.

Smoke rises from burned houses in Sittwe, Burma, the capital of the western state of Rakhine on Monday, June 11, 2012. Security forces tried to restore order after a wave of deadly religious violence has led to deaths, injuries and the burning of homes and businesses. Photo: AFP

The government said that so far 21 people have died and three trawlers were destroyed during the unrest.

The newspaper, in a brief story which lacked details, said security forces quelled hostilities in Byaingphyu and Thanhtawli villages in Sittway Township and in other wards.

“Similarly, the security force dispersed a group from Ohntabin Ward as they went to Byaingphyu village,” it said. Six houses were burnt down in the arson attack, it said.

Security forces also quelled arson attacks in Magyimyaing Ward, Satyonsu Ward and Danyawady Ward.

The police force also put out fires in Danyawady (A) and (B) wards around 5.20 p.m. and dispersed mobs, it reported.

The security force also dispersed a mob of around 400 people rioting at Narzi Market.

It said six houses were burnt down in Ywathitkay and East Myoma wards in Maungtaw.

Similarly, houses were burned down during clashes between two mobs at Ward 3 and 4 in Pauktaw.

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