At least three people have lost their lives in fresh communal violence in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine, a local official says.
“An ethnic Rakhine man and two Muslim women were killed at Pandeinkone village during yesterday’s (Monday’s) clashes,” Rakhine Stateâ€™s chief justice Hla Thein said on Tuesday.
He added that more than 300 houses also were damaged after clashes broke out between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslim in two neighboring villages in the region.
On Sunday, at least eleven Rohingya Muslims were killed after extremist Buddhists set fire to their houses in the two Muslim villages of Mamra and Mraut in the city of Sittwe in Rakhine.
Myanmar army forces allegedly provided the Buddhists with big containers of petrol to set ablaze the houses of Muslim villagers and force them to flee their houses, according to a Monday report by Radio Banga.
The silence of the human rights organizations towards abuses against the Rohingya Muslims has emboldened the extremist Buddhists and Myanmarâ€™s government forces.
The Buddhist-majority government of Myanmar refuses to recognize Rohingyas and has classified them as illegal migrants, even though the Rohingyas are said to be Muslim descendants of Persian, Turkish, Bengali, and Pathan origin who migrated to Myanmar as early as the 8th century.
According to reports, thousands of Myanmarese Rohingya Muslims are living in dire conditions in refugee camps ever since government forces and Buddhist extremists started burning down their villages on August 10.
Reports say some 650 Rohingyas have been killed in the Rakhine State in the west of the country in recent months. This is while 1,200 others are missing and 80,000 more have been displaced.