Myanmar army shelling villages in Rakhine state, rights group told

Myanmar army shelling villages in Rakhine state, rights group told

Crackdown part of intensifying military action in country’s northern state over past month

Myanmar soldiers are shelling villages, detaining civilians and blocking aid as part of a new crackdown in Rakhine state by some of the army units implicated in atrocities against the Rohingya, a rights group says.

Villagers and local activists in the northern Myanmar state have told Amnesty International that artillery or mortar shells are being fired in the vicinity of townships and people are returning to abandoned communities to find properties looted and damaged.

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