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Myanmar unrest: Villagers, aid workers flee Buthiduang

According to Reuters, the death toll from coordinated attacks by Rohingya insurgents reached 104 that majorly included majority militants, security forces and several innocent civilians. Photograph: (Reuters)

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Aug 28, 2017, 07.43 AM (IST)

As violence erupts in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, the government evacuated more than 4,000 non-Muslim villagers. Moreover, thousands of Rohingya Muslims crossed the border to enter Bangladesh to escape the unrest.

The outbreak involved clashes between the military and several hundred of Rohingya across northwestern Rakhine. According to the residents and the government, the most aggressive fight took place on the outskirts of the major town of Maungdaw.

International aid workers from different organisations who were residing in Maungdaw were seen fleeing the township of Buthiduang--since the area is in close proximity to the villages hit by the conflict. The situation further worsened in Rakhine state's capital Sittwe.

According to Reuters, the death toll from coordinated attacks by Rohingya insurgents reached 104 which included majority militants, security forces and several innocent civilians.

The government is investigating if representatives of international aid groups were involved in an alleged blockade by the insurgents of a village in Rakhine.

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