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Myanmar builds military camps in Arakan State

By Burma Times

Myanmar goverment had driven out more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims from their homeland, Arakan State and Myanmar is buliding military camps on Rohingya homes and mosques, according to our correspondent.

In military’s crackdown August 25, 2017, the Rohingya muslims were made homeless and driven out from the Arakan soil. The Rohingya people fled to Bangladesh and took shelters along the border areas under the Cox’s Bazar district.

According to different reports, more than 350 villages destroyed by fire in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State. More Rohingya people, children including women were killed, burnt, slaughtered and gang raped by the military and security forces.

An Amnesty report published on Monday echoed previous ones by saying the remains of some of those villages — and some buildings not previously damaged — had been bulldozed.

As well as rapid housing and road construction in the area, at least three new security facilities were under construction, the global human rights group said. In one case, Rohingya villagers who had remained in Myanmar were forcibly evicted to make way for a base, it said.

“What we are seeing in Rakhine State is a land grab by the military on a dramatic scale,” Tirana Hassan, Amnesty’s crisis response director, said in a statement.

“New bases are being erected to house the very same security forces that have committed crimes against humanity against Rohingya.”

At least four mosques that had not been wrecked by fire have been destroyed, or had their roofing or other materials removed, since late December, a time when significant conflict was not reported in the area, Amnesty said.

Besides, three hundred new houses will be built for monks on Rohingyas’ land in the Northern Buthidaung villages of Mein Gee See, Khan Samarr and Saan Gana. ##

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