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Myanmar Military Raid Rohingya Villages Again


By Rohingya Eye & Rohingya Mirror

January 23, 2017

Maungdaw — After a break of few weeks, the Myanmar military conducted raids on Rohingya villages in Maungdaw and Buthidaung Townships again last weekends, sources reported.

The village of ‘Kyi Kan Pyin’ locally known as ‘Hawar Bil’ in Maungdaw was besieged by a joint force of approximately 200 Soldiers and Border Guard Police (BGP) at around 2:00 AM last Saturday (Jan 21). The joint forces conducted raids on Rohingya houses at the ‘South hamlet’ of ‘Kyi Kan Pyin,’ checked ‘House Registration Lists’ of the villagers and took family group photographs.

During a day-long raid, four villagers were arbitrarily arrested and taken to the detention of the BGP Headquarter in the village. They are:

1) Mohammed Jafar (42), Mohammed Hussein
2) Shomsul Alam (39), Noor Mohammed
3) Noor Alam (30) [Taking shelter at his relative’s in the South hamlet as his home at Wapeik hamlet has been burnt by the military.]
4) An unidentified man from Maungnama (Mondama) village [visiting his relative at the South hamlet]

A Rohingya in Northern Maungdaw on the condition of anonymity said “It’s like the government considers all of the people of Wapeik as criminals, which itself is a crime. Their homes have been burnt down. So, don’t they have rights to seek refuge in the neighborhoods? All these people arrested are innocent.”

In Buthidaung Township, around 25 Military conducted raids on two Rohingya villages, ‘Tet Min Chaung (Raimma Hali)’ and ‘Kyauk Phyu Taung’, last Sunday (Jan 22).

During the raids in ‘Tet Min Chaung’ , the military went rampant, severely beat all the locals encountered regardless of young or old and plundered many houses. A 70-year-old man is said to be in critical condition as he was tortured by the village. Another villager is reported to hAbe lost three teeth as the Myanmar soldiers punched him on his face.

Similar atrocities by the military have been reported in ‘Kyauk Phyu Taung’ village. (We are working on details of the atrocity crimes committed.)

[Edited by M.S. Anwar]

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