Government accused of systematic strategy in Rakhine state as Rohingya claim soldiers torched their houses and fired on them after urging them to leave
Satellite imagery has shown flames engulfing huge swaths of Myanmar’s Rakhine state, inspiring accusations that government forces are adopting a deliberate and systematic scorched-earth campaign to drive out the Rohingya Muslim minority.
In addition to the satellite evidence, captured by Amnesty International, the Guardian has received video footage from Rohingya villagers fleeing their homes as they attempt to make their lane to Bangladesh. The clips present burns burning in the distance and hundreds of people hiking up muddied jungle paths and intersecting rivers with bags and baskets crammed with their belongings. The Guardian has been shown at least two images of corpses.
The footage has not been independently verified by the Guardian as media access to the area is strictly controlled.
Amnesty’s satellite imagery accompanies new affidavit from Rohingya refugees, who claim they were warned of attempt by government forces and told to flee their villages, only to be fired upon and stabbed at random by soldiers as they tried to run away.