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Updates: Into 2nd Day of Military Offensives in Northern Arakan

RB News
August 26, 2017

The reports, on the second day (August 26), of offensives by the Myanmar military and Border Guard Police (BGP) against the Rohingya civilians across Maungdaw, Rathedaung and Buthidaung Townships that we have received so far.

1- 11am 26/8/2017:  Violence on the Rohingya civilians are escalating to a different level. The Myanmar armed forces and the Rakhine extremists attacking civilians in 'Myo Thu Gyi' in Maungdaw. International intervention is critically needed.

2- 25/8/2017: Over 700 Rohingya homes and shelters were burnt down, 4,000 civilians displaced in the military attacks and burning of homes at 'Chein Khali' village and IDPs in Rathedaung.
They have sought refuge in the dense forest to avoid from killings. Old, young and children alike spent whole night under the heavy rain without food and shelter.

3- 25/8/2017 evening: The Myanmar military and Rakhine extremists attempted to torch 'Pyaing Taung' Rohingya village in Rathedaung. The villagers advanced to resist and so the attackers retreated.

4- 15/8/2017 evening: The Myanmar military burnt down over 200 #Rohingya homes, 50 shops, 1 mosque and 1 religious school at 'Myint Hlut' in Southern Maungdaw on Aug 25 evening.

5- 2pm on 26/8/2017: More #Rohingya homes were burnt down by the #Myanmar Military at Quarter 5 of the 'Myint Hlut' village using fire-launchers.

6- 1pm on 26/8/2017: 3 Rohingya villagers injured at 'Thiho Kyun' village in Northern Maungdaw as the BGP opened fires when the villagers resisted against the raiding BGP.

7- 3pm on 26/8/2017: The Myanmar military are now besieging 'DaelFara'  hamlet of 'Myoma Kayintan' in Maungdaw; and about to torch Rohingya homes and attack civilians.

8- 6/8/2017 3:45pm: The Myanmar military and BGP began torching Rohingya homes and shops at 'Thiho Kyun' village in Northern Maungdaw using fire-launchers.
Half of the village has already been razed. Neighboring villgers are still hearing the sounds of fire-launchers.

9- 3:30pm (Bangladesh Time) on 26/8/2017: A Rohingya youth injured during rampant shootings by the Myanmar military at 'Kyein Chaung' village in Northern Maungdaw on August 25 died at 'Kutupalong Refugee Camp' at today.

Identified as MD Harun, 25, from 'Kyein Chaung' village made to Bangladesh for treatments. He died on his way to hospital at around 10am and buried at around 3pm (Bangladesh Time) today.


[Reported by RB Correspondents in Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung; Edited by M.S. Anwar]

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