Rohingya Villagers Flee Violence

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Myanmar’s presidential spokesman says 176 ethnic Rohingya villages are now empty after all of their residents fled during recent violence in Rakhine state.

On Wednesday Zaw Htay said there had been a total of 471 Rohingya villages in three townships. He said in addition to the 176 that were abandoned, some residents fled from at least 34 other villages.

Rohingya Muslims face widespread persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, where the recent violence has forced about 370,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh,

In response to growing international outrage Myanmar’s national leader Aung San Suu Kyi won’t attend the upcoming UN General Assembly session in New York.

The crisis over the security forces’ fierce response to a series of Rohingya militant attacks is the biggest problem Suu Kyi has faced since becoming Myanmar’s leader last year.

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