Thursday, August 9, 2012

New curfew imposed after renewed attacks in Rakhine State

Thursday, 09 August 2012 13:22 Mizzima News    

A new dusk-to-dawn curfew has been established in Kyauktaw in western Rakhine State since Wednesday, following days of renewed sectarian clashes in the area this week.

The curfew, effective from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., was imposed by the Kyauktaw Township administration, bringing the total number of areas under curfew in Rakhine State to seven.

This file photo taken on June 14, 2012 shows Rakhine families at a monastery used as a temporary shelter for people displaced by days of violence in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State. Photo: AFP

At least three people have been killed since Sunday after what observers called mutual arson attacks and clashes erupted in Kyauktaw, 128 kilometers from Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State, following clashes between local ethnic Rakhinese and Muslims, according to reports from the area.

Mutual arson attacks were committed by rioters, who burned up to 450 houses in villages in Kyauktaw especially Ah Pauk Wa and Shwe Lin villages, residents said.

Kyauktaw has a population of about 100,000, including about 60 per cent Rakhinese and 40 per cent Muslims, according to Immigration Department figures.

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