UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Two women from the Muslim Rohingya minority in Myanmar, one of whom is pregnant, were killed and seven others were wounded today, Saturday, in a bombing of a Rohingya village carried out by the military two days after a ruling by the International Court of Justice obliged the government to protect the minority.
A Myanmar member of parliament said of a town in northern Rakhine State that shells fired from a neighboring battalion at night struck the village of Kin Tung at midnight.
Government forces have been fighting ethnic rebels in the state for more than a year.
“There was no fighting. What happened was that they fired artillery into a village without a fight,” a member of parliament told Reuters by phone, adding that this is the second time in the year that civilians have been killed.
The army denied responsibility for the incident, and accused the rebels, who said they had attacked a bridge in the early hours of the morning.
More than 730,000 Rohingya were forced to flee to neighboring Bangladesh from northern Rakhine State in 2017 after a military campaign that the United Nations said had been carried out with the intention of genocide.
More recently, the region has plunged into more chaos due to new fighting between the army and the Arakan Army rebel group that recruits fighters from the Buddhist majority in the state. The conflict led to the displacement of tens of thousands and the death of dozens.
Two military spokespeople did not answer Reuters phone calls for comment on my deaths today. In a statement posted on the Russian VK social network, the army confirmed the two deaths, but accused the Arakan Army of responsibility, saying that its shell hit the village during clashes.
So Ton Ou, a Rohingya village who lives a mile from the village, told Reuters by phone that the bombing destroyed two houses.
“The army always fires heavy weapons … they fire heavy weapons around the area they suspect,” she said. It is impossible to flee to other places even though we live in terror. ”
In a speedy crack from a lawsuit filed by the Gambia in November, the International Court of Justice on Thursday obliged Myanmar to protect the Rohingya from any new atrocities and protect evidence that alleged crimes were committed against them.
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