Death toll tops 100 in Myanmar ethnic strife
SITTWE, Myanmar (AP) - The death toll from recent ethnic violence in Myanmar's western state of Rakhine has surpassed 100, an official said today, as the government warned that the strife risks harming the country's reputation as it seeks to install democratic rule.
Rakhine state spokesman Win Myaing said 112 people had been killed in clashes that began last Sunday between members of the Buddhist Rakhine and the Muslim Rohingya communities. He said 72 people were reported injured, including 10 children. The government announced earlier that almost 2,000 homes had been burned down in the conflict.
In June, ethnic violence in the state left at least 90 people dead and destroyed more than 3,000 homes. About 75,000 have been living in refugee camps ever since.
The mob violence has seen entire villages torched and has drawn international calls for government intervention.