Myanmar: Two Rohingya women killed by artillery

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — At least two women from the Muslim “Rohingya” minority were killed when artillery shells fell on a village in Arakan state, western Myanmar, according to a parliamentarian and local media.

The incident occurred on Friday, two days after the International Court of Justice ordered Myanmar to take all measures within its jurisdiction to prevent and avoid genocide against the Rohingya.

The local site, “Naringara”, Saturday, that two Rohingya women were killed and 8 villagers were injured, after artillery shells landed on Kin Tong village of Buthidaung city in Arakan early Friday.

For his part, Aung Thong Shwe, a member of the House of Representatives from the town of “Buthidaung”, confirmed the accident.

“The accident happened around 2:00 am local time (7:30 GMT), when two houses in the village were targeted with shells,” Shui told Anatolia.

He added that “as a result, two women were killed and 8 people were injured, who were transferred to a hospital in Buthidaung.”

As of 2:52 GMT, it was not clear who was responsible for the incident, but a senior official in the Arakan regional government finds that the shells were fired from a nearby military battalion.

“Whenever an accident occurs in Muslim villages, we find that it is up to the army,” the official, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the case, told Anatolia.

He added, “This is a clear message from the army that they do not accept the ruling of the International Court of Justice.”

“How will the government be able to implement the decision of the International Court of Justice to take interim measures when it has no control over the army?”

Anatolia was unable to reach the central government of Myanmar or the armed forces to comment on the incident.

Since August 25, 2017, the Myanmar armed forces and Buddhist militias have launched a military campaign that includes brutal massacres against the Rohingya in Arakan.

These ongoing crimes have resulted in the deaths of thousands of Rohingya, according to identical local and international sources, as well as the nearly one million asylum seekers in Bangladesh, according to the United Nations.

The Myanmar government views the Rohingya as “irregular migrants” from Bangladesh, while the United Nations classifies them as the “most persecuted minority in the world.”


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