Rights group reports more destruction of Rohingya villages

December 18, 2017 - 3:11 am

BANGKOK (AP) — Human Rights Watch says satellite imagery shows Rohingya villages in Myanmar continued to be destroyed even as Myanmar and Bangladesh signed an agreement last month to return refugees from the ethnic Muslim minority who fled their country amid violence.

The New York-based rights group said Monday buildings were destroyed in 40 villages in northern Rakhine state in October and November, increasing the total to 354 villages partially or completely destroyed since Aug. 25.

More than 630,000 Rohingya have fled from Myanmar into Bangladesh since Aug. 25, when Myanmar's army began what it called "clearance operations" following an attack on police posts by Rohingya insurgents.

In late November, Myanmar and Bangladesh signed an agreement covering the return of Rohingya who fled across their mutual border to escape the violence in Rakhine.

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