Rohingyas massacred, buried in at least 5 mass graves in Myanmar village

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In December, Doctors Without Borders estimated that 6,700 people, including 730 children under five, were butchered by Myanmar's military in August, the first month of the crackdown alone. Over half a million Rohingyas fled the country to neighbouring Bangladesh to seek refuge at the height of the violence.

This has been confirmed through multiple interviews with more than two dozen survivors in Bangladesh refugee camps and through time-stamped mobile phone videos.

The Arakan Rohjngya Salvation Army (ARSA) has assured Bangladesh that it will not cause anarchy at the Rohingya camps in Ukhiya and Teknaf upazilas of Cox's Bazar or in any other part of the country, as their attacks are only conducted to defend themselves from the "terrorist Burmese (Myanmar) government". AP goes on to claim that the mass graves are evidence of a systematic massacre of Rohingya Muslims by the Myanmar government.

"It's been reported 400 people were murdered in Gu Dar Pyin village, but I can affirm many more were killed". Days later, Kadir found six of his friends among the bodies in two graves.

According to the report, Myanmar has cut off access to Gu Dar Pyin, so it's unclear just how many people died. Satellite images obtained by the Associated Press from DigitalGlobe show a village decimated.

"Recent reports of attacks against civilians; against homes and places of worship; forcible displacement and relocation; the burning of villages; land grabbing; sexual violence; arbitrary arrests and detention; torture and enforced disappearances; are acts that have been alleged against the military and security forces for generations", she said.

A large number of the survivors carry scars from bullet wounds, including a 3-year-old boy and his grandmother.

At least five mass graves filled with the bodies of Rohingya Muslims have been uncovered in Myanmar following the country's military crackdown.

A handful of witnesses confirmed two other big graves near a hillside cemetery, not too far away from a school where more than 100 soldiers were stationed after the massacre. Skeletal hands seem to claw at the ground.

1 February 2018 - What Myanmar's Government has claimed are military and security operations are "actually an established pattern" of domination and aggression against ethnic groups, the United Nations independent expert on the rights situation there said on Thursday, reporting on her visit to nearby countries, including Bangladesh, which is hosting almost 900,000 Rohingya refugees. "We remain focused on helping to ensure the accountability of those responsible for human rights abuses and violations", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

"We are watching this very carefully".

She said such reports must be investigated, "and this is why we've called for a fact finding mission ... and access for global media to" the areas in northern Rakhine state where the Rohingya live.

A United Nations spokesman said the report was "extremely troubling", and he urged Myanmar to allow access to the state where the killings occurred. The U.N. rights chief earlier called for a fresh global investigation into Myanmar's abuses against its Rohingya Muslim minority, warning of possible "elements of genocide".

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