HRW: 100km land set afire in crackdown on Rohingya

Aug 29, 2017, 6:48 AM EDT
Over 1,000 Rohingya Muslims have crossed border to take refuge in unofficial camps in Bangladesh.
(Source: European Commission DG ECHO/flickr)

According to reports accessed by Human Rights Watch, huge swathes of land have been set on fire in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, which is reeling under fierce violence in the wake of army’s fierce crackdown on Rohingya "extremist terrorists."

While Rohingya Muslims blame the arson attacks on Myanmar army, the authorities accuse insurgents for fires on several pockets in the restive region, writes Al Jazeera.

Myanmar army launched a brutal crackdown following a pre-dawn raid on police outposts on Friday and has killed nearly 100 people. The spill out of violence reached neighboring Bangladesh as 1,000 ethnic Rohingya villagers crossed borders to take refuge in unofficial camps, notes The Washington Post.