20 Dead in Fresh Myanmar Unrest
At least 20 people have been killed in a fresh wave of communal violence sweeping western Myanmar, a Rakhine state front man said Thursday, adding the corpse count could ultimately more than double.
"At least 20 people (both Buddhist and Moslem) have been killed in festivities since October 21. The corpse count can reach about 50," Myo Thant told AFP.
He said 80 Buddhist Rakhines have been maimed, but there were as yet no equivalent figures for injured Moslems.
A security official, requesting anonymity, confirmed the potential toll from the resurgence of unrest could hit 50, adding government forces were struggling to reach remote areas.
Hundreds of homes have been burned in the outburst of unrest in Rakhine state, where Buddhist-Moslem festivities have killed more than 100 people since June and displaced tens of thousands, according to the authorities.
The latest violence led the United Nations
...an international organization whose stated aims of facilitating interational security involves making sure that nobody with live ammo is offended unless it's a civilized country...
to express grave concern over reports of deaths and "thousands" of displaced in recent days.
"The U.N. is alarmed by reports of displacements and destruction," said UN chief in Yangon, Ashok Nigam, adding that the resurgence of deadly unrest in Rakhine State had "resulted in deaths and has forced thousands of people, including women and kiddies, to flee their homes".
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