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Hindus Rakhine Ethnics flee attacks in northwest Myanmar Rakhine State

Almost 4,000 inhabitants of the northwestern state of Rakhine have gone to the provincial capitol of Sittwe in recent weeks to avoid the fights in the country waged by Myanmar's military force against Islamic rebels, indigenous agencies and Sittwe' pariqui. Over 26,000 refugees have already escaped from the 25 August to 4 September from the country areas of Sittwe and Maungdaw, Buthidaung and other Rakhine Townships, with at least 59 settlements burnt to the ground in the same time frame, the Myanmar government information committee said this weekend.

Hundrand Hindu groups have become part of the thousand mainly Rakhine ethnical displaced persons who are now escaping to Sittwe, some of whom say their communities have been attacked by Islamic warriors. A minimum of 20 of the assailants were wearing long face covers over gowns, others were clearly recognizable as locals, Maung Hla said.

"He said these Moslem terrorists burned down towns." Violence erupted in Rakhine on 24 August when members of an Islamist rebel group, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), started several assaults on Myanmar outposts. The Myanmar military and associated militia have since been charged with having targeted Rohingya civilian Muslims in large-scale murders.

Myanmar officers said at least 400 men, 370 of them rebels, were murdered in the recent confrontations last weekend. Ten thousand of Rohingya have escaped to neighbouring Bangladesh, many tell of terrible assaults, while Human Rights Watch has released images of burnt-out Rohingya settlements. Mr Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey last weekend blamed Myanmar for genociding the Rohingya population.

However, in a September 5 declaration, Myanmar's state advisor and de facto dean Aung San Suu Kyi said in a telephone conversation she had reassured Erdogan that Turkey had been deceived by "fake snapshots " of horrors committed in other parts of the country and elsewhere in the overworld.

"This is just the tip of a vast mountain of false information that has been designed to cause many inter-community issues and promote terrorist interest," Aung San Suu Kyi said. "She said the government has already begun to defend all the Rakhineans in the best possible way.

Aung San Suu Kyi's downplayed accounts in her comments to Erdogan could have played down "terrible accounts that come from the area," Amnesty International (AI) Crisis Response Director Tirana Hassan said in a September 6 state. "The AI said in its declaration, "With the presence of ten thousand Rohingya crossing the border[into Bangladesh] and thousand other expellees in the state, proof that Myanmar's army has started a malicious retribution against the predominantly Muslim Rohingya population.

Meanwhile, on 5 September, the State Council Office called for watchfulness following news of terrorist bombings by Islamic militants against citizens in the nation's capitals Naypyidaw, Yangon, Mandalay and other major towns. "It will be the goal of such assaults to direct the attention and assistance of the global community to their operations in Maungdaw and Buthidaung in the state of Rakhine," the declaration states.

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