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Muslims flee Myanmar unrest as death toll rises

Published on Oct 25, 2012 1:29 PM
 
Men hold banners as they protest in front of the United States (US) embassy in Bangkok on Oct 24, 2012. A group of Rohingyas living in Thailand gathered outside the US embassy demanding security for Myanmar's Rohingya people and called for international intervention after clashes in Myanmar's Rakhine state. A new wave of sectarian violence in western Myanmar has left five people dead and dozens injured in recent days, triggering another exodus of Muslims to emergency camps, officials said Thursday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

YANGON (AFP) - A new wave of sectarian violence in western Myanmar has left five people dead and dozens injured in recent days, triggering another exodus of Muslims to emergency camps, officials said on Thursday.

Hundreds of homes have been burned in the fresh outburst of unrest in Rakhine state, where Buddhist-Muslim clashes have killed at least 95 people since June and displaced tens of thousands, according to the authorities.

"At least five people have been killed and about 80 people injured in four days since October 21 in four townships," said Rakhine state spokesman Myo Thant.

Houses were also torched in another town on Thursday morning, he told AFP by telephone from the Rakhine state capital Sittwe.

 
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