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At least 56 dead in new ethnic violence in Myanmar

shiitenews mayanmarAt least 56 people have been killed and nearly 2,000 homes destroyed in the latest outbreak of ethnic violence in western Myanmar, a government official said on Thursday.

The 25 men and 31 women were reported dead in four Rakhine state townships in violence between the Buddhist Rakhine and Muslim Rohingya communities that re-erupted on Sunday, pti reported quoting local government spokesman Win Myaing as saying in Kyauktaw.

He said some 1,900 homes had been burned down in fresh conflict, while 60 men and four women were injured. In June, ethnic violence in the state left at least 90 people dead and destroyed more than 3,000 homes. Tens of thousands of people remain in refugee camps.

Curfews have been in place in some areas since June, and been extended to others due to the recent violence.

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