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Myanmar deliberately starves Rohingya Muslims, report says

Myanmar deliberately starves Rohingya Muslims, report says

The report details the days leading up to the massacre as military operations destroyed communities of Rohingya in Inn Din, the fishing village where the events occurred, and draws on Buddhist and Muslim witnesses who recount the military commanders' orders to "go and clear" areas inhabited by Rohingyas.

Hearings are continuing against Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo to determine if they will be charged under the Official Secrets Act.

The account marked the first time soldiers and paramilitary police have been implicated by testimony from security personnel in arson and killings in the north of Rakhine state that the United Nations has said may amount to genocide.

More than 680,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees have fled Buddhist-majority Myanmar into neighboring Bangladesh since August 2017, bringing with them stories of mass murder and destruction at the hands of the country's military.

Reuters says the reporters supported the decision to publish the report.

A Myanmar government spokesman could not be immediately reached for comment.

The United States says a Reuters report about the massacre of Muslims past year has highlighted the need for an independent and credible investigation into allegations of atrocities in northern Rakhine State.

The killings closely followed a series of attacks by Rohingya militants on Myanmar police posts and an army base, that are thought to have sparked the extreme violence now ongoing in Myanmar.

A Reuters investigation into the killing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar has prompted a demand from Washington for a credible probe into the bloodshed there and calls for the release of two journalists who were arrested while working on the report.

The images were provided by a Buddhist village elder, Reuters said.

According to Reuters, the 10 men buried in the mass grave were chosen from a group of hundreds of men, women and children who were sheltering at a nearby beach.

"Sometime this month, Myanmar will send a military team to Indonesia to discuss ways of overcoming possible terrorism". "That's why we burned their houses, mainly for security reasons".

Lawmakers are demanding Myanmar's exclusion from US -led military exercises in neighboring Thailand next week amid pressure for more American sanctions in response to atrocities against Rohingya Muslims.

CNN can not independently confirm Reuters reporting as media access to the region tightly controlled.

"Without more effective global action, this ethnic cleansing campaign will continue its disastrous march". "And this is what we do", Stephen J. Adler, editor in chief of Reuters, told The Post. "Once we understood their legal situation, we, in consultation with Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo and their relatives, decided (to publish)", he said.

UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, said in a tweet: "During the reporting of this article, two Reuters journalists were arrested by Myanmar police".

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