Yangon, Oct. 25 (Reuters): Hundreds of homes burned and gunfire rang out as sectarian violence raged for a fifth day between Rohingya Muslims and Buddhists in western Myanmar today, pushing the death toll to nearly 60 and testing the country’s nascent democracy.
Security forces struggled to stem Myanmar’s worst communal unrest since clashes in June killed more than 80 people and displaced at least 75,000 in Rakhine state. The latest violence in Rakhine has spread to several towns, including commercially important Kyaukpyu, where a multi-billion-dollar China-Myanmar pipeline starts.
Win Myaing, information officer of Rakhine state government, told Reuters that 56 people, including 31 women, had died and 64 had been wounded as of yesterday evening. Access to Rakhine State was restricted.