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Fresh Muslim-Buddhist clashes in Myanmar, houses torched

Fresh Muslim-Buddhist clashes in Myanmar, houses torched

Yangon: Hundreds of houses were torched and three killed in fresh sectarian clashes that erupted between the Buddhists and Muslims in western Myanmar, authorities said on Tuesday.

The ethnic clashes that erupted Sunday night in two villages in Rakhine's Min Bya township, as pera BBC report, continued till Monday when more houses were burnt.

Authorities imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the clashes-hit villages, it was reported.

The clashes are a first after the deadly June violence when several were killed and thousands had to flee, when ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims clashes vehemently, leading to a state of emergency in the state of Rakhine.

The clashes in June were triggered by the alleged rape and murder of a Buddhist woman by three Rakhine men in late May.

The tension has prevailed in the state since then as the majority of the state’s population is constituted by Rakhine people, who are Buddhist whereas Muslims, many of whom are Rohingya, are considered as ‘illegal immigrants’ by the Burmese authorities.

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