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July 21, 2017

Three social activists have been arrested from the restive village tract of Kyan Taung in Buthidaung on Thursday.

The three men were arrested at around 11.30 am from the Bujaiyjon hamlet by BGP and police forces, according to local sources. No reasons have been given for their arrests.

The arrested men well known for their social activities are Moloy Rashid, Md Noor and Syed Karim. Their arrests have led to renewed terror in the area which has been tense for the last two and a half months after the army raped more than 30 women in the name of clearance operations. 

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July 20, 2017

Army arrested at least five Rohingyas from the Nayapara area of Maungdaw town arresting at least five men on terror allegations, reports our local correspondent.

The raids took place at around 8am on Tuesday.

Those arrested are being tortured in the nearby military camp, according to local sources.

Torture continues to be a common practise against Rohingya prisoners with hundreds dead, especially since 2012.

 A tense atmosphere is currently prevailing in the area as locals brace for more raids. 

 

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July 21, 2017

Army led forces have continued to raid the Diyal Tali village in Northern Maungdaw, arresting at least eight Rohingya activists on terrorist allegations. The forces also looted gold ornaments and other valuables from Rohingya households, effectively seizing everything valuable from these destitute village households, reports our correspondent from the area.

The raid started at around 9pm on Monday and continued till the late night hours. They left with at least eight Rohingya men at around 1am who they allege where involved in ‘terror’ activities.

Many Rohingyas fled the area as the army approached.

The forces went from house to house and seized valuables including gold ornaments. Many victims have told our correspondent they have lost everything to the loot and don’t know how to survive in the future.

Meanwhile the army continues to torture Rohingya detainees inhumanely, according to multiple independent sources. Hundreds have died from custodial torture in Arakan. 

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July 10, 2017

Maungdaw- Rakhine nationalist activists many of them aligned to the Ma Ba Tha and the ANP held a huge meeting in Maungdaw town on Thursday where they called on the government to take stringent actions against the Rohingya Muslim populace, according to sources.

During the meeting they speakers stressed on three points, to not recognise the Rohingyas as a separate ethnic community and as citizens or residents of Myanmar, not to let international aid organisations into Rohingya areas, and to take actions for Rohingyas for the murder of two monks that took place in the town last week near Kya Maung. 

 

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July 10, 2017

Buthidaung- A huge detachment of Tatmadaw personal have attacked the restive village tract of Ta Mi resulting in the death of at least three men, according to our correspondent in the area.

Following rapid and continuous gunfire in the direction of the villages, the civilian populace is fleeing wherever they can as the huge military contingent takes over the village.

Our correspondent says many people who were trying to escape have been netted by the army and are undergoing brutal torture in custody.

Hundreds have died from custodial torture, but in recent days, the rates of deaths in custody has suddenly increased.

Amidst the confusion one thing is certain – the number of military personal is increasing every hour till filing of the report on Tuesday.

Locals say the military might be preparing for a Northern Maungdaw style clearance operation that destroyed many villages in the area.

The local populace of Ta Mi is around three thousand and it looks like the military might be going in for the ‘kill’. Scores of huts deserted by the fleeing populce have been burned by the military on Sunday night. 

Many households have even moved away their infant and new born children as in latest operations, many have been burned to death. 

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July 8, 2017

Pauktaw- A mob attack critically injured two Rohingya brothers in a jungle near Pauktaw town on Wednesday, according to local sources.

14 year Robi Ullah and 27 year old La La were at a forest near the town overlooking their cattle when a Rakhine mob numbering around six to seven people armed with sharp weapons suddenly fell on them. The brothers sustained injuries all over their body, with serious cuts to their head area.

The victims were later rescued by Rohingya men in a critical condition.

Pauktaw became tense in late June when an elderly man was injured in a knife attack raising speculations that a mob attack might be underway but tensions have since subsided, though the uncertainty remains. 

Rohingyas in the region say they are vastly outnumbered by Rakhines in an area where Buddhist nationalism has much influene and a notable segment of the populace are making no secret of their plans to completely annihilate the Rohingya and Kaman Muslim community. 

 

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July 3, 2017  

Maungdaw- BGP forces went to Buthidaung bazaar on Sunday and brought a huge number of veils and dress traditionally worn by Rohingya Muslim women.

The incident has led to many speculations and naturally Rohingyas are afraid this is a new ploy by the security forces though it is impossible to say what. 

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July 8, 2017

Maungdaw- Since Wednesday, a huge military detachment has taken up positions in the restive village tract of Nsa Sa Gru in Northern Maungdaw from where they are seizing mobile phones from locals, according to our correspondent in the area.

The military first made a local school their base from where they spread out and started stopping and searching people on the roads outside the village. Anyone who had a mobile phone was accused of being linked with terrorists, abused in foul language, and threatened with dire consequences if they disclosed the incident.

Only one of the victim is from Nsa Sa Gru, the rest were travellers ambushed by the army.

While many Rohingyas carry Bangladesh SIM cards to keep in touch with their relatives across the border where much of the populace is based, all the phones seized had Burmese SIM cards, according to one source.

Nsa Sa Gru was one of the first villages to be attacked in the operation starting from October 9. In the first week, a huge military force with heavy weapons attacked the village firing randomly at civilians, killing scores of villages indiscriminately. Naturally the very sight of the Tatmadaw sends panic waves across the local populace who are keeping their distance from the military personal.

Locals have also been deprived of their livelihood since the operation, thus creating the grounds for a humanitarian catastrophe. 

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July 7, 2017

Buthidaung- Army set houses on fire during a raid in the Taung Bazaar area on Wednesday, according to our correspondent.

The forces entered the Bodda Para neighbourhood during daylight hours and carried house by house raids. During the raids, they set fire on the houses of Md Zakaria and Md Anwar.

Why the army chose these two houses is not clear. They however threatened to burn more houses during the next raid.

A tense atmosphere is prevailing in the area. 

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July 3, 2017  

Maungdaw- Tatmadaw forces accompanied by Rakhine men in civilian clothing entered Singri Para in Maungdaw North, assaulted local people including children and looted valuables, according to our correspondent in the area.

In the early morning hours of Friday, the invaders suddenly entered the village, and began beating anyone they could, including many minor children who fell in front of them.

At one stage, the forces apprehended two men – Kamal Hossain and Syed Alam. The two men were tied to a tree and then the military proceeded to torture them by hitting them continuously often with batons and rifle butts, the whole ordeal lasting for two hours.

Following this, the military raided the house of Md Faisal after supposedly learning he is well-off and in possession of lots of assets. His whole home was stripped bare, and everything valuable, including all cash was taken away. Faisal, hitherto one of the richest man in Singri Para has become a pauper following the raid. 

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July 8, 2017

Maungdaw- Since Wednesday, a huge military detachment has taken up positions in the restive village tract of Nsa Sa Gru in Northern Maungdaw from where they are seizing mobile phones from locals, according to our correspondent in the area.

The military first made a local school their base from where they spread out and started stopping and searching people on the roads outside the village. Anyone who had a mobile phone was accused of being linked with terrorists, abused in foul language, and threatened with dire consequences if they disclosed the incident.

Only one of the victim is from Nsa Sa Gru, the rest were travellers ambushed by the army.

While many Rohingyas carry Bangladesh SIM cards to keep in touch with their relatives across the border where much of the populace is based, all the phones seized had Burmese SIM cards, according to one source.

Nsa Sa Gru was one of the first villages to be attacked in the operation starting from October 9. In the first week, a huge military force with heavy weapons attacked the village firing randomly at civilians, killing scores of villages indiscriminately. Naturally the very sight of the Tatmadaw sends panic waves across the local populace who are keeping their distance from the military personal.

Locals have also been deprived of their livelihood since the operation, thus creating the grounds for a humanitarian catastrophe. 

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July 4, 2017  

Akyab-  One Rohingya man was battered to death while at least six others received critical injuries in an attack by a Rakhine mob in downtown Akyab on Tuesday, according to our local correspondent.

The Rohingya labourers were hired by the police to break an abandoned boat in Set Roe Kya Stream when they were attacked by the Rakhines amid lax police presence.

However another source said the men were in the area to purchase a boat from a Rakhine man and the arguement ensued after bargaining over the price. 

The victims were from the Dabaing IDP camp. The area known as Ywar Gyi Mrauk Quarter is off limits to Rohingya Muslims since 2012 but they only went because the police hired them for the job.

The injured people are currently under medical treatment in Akyab General Hospital. 

However, police have told local and international media that they were not aware the Rohingya Muslims were present in the area.

Once a mixed city where Rakhines had a slim majority over the Rohingys, the state capital is virtually off limits for the Muslim community since 2012 following a bloody massacre that killed hundreds in this area. 

July 3, 2017  

Maungdaw- A huge detachment of military personal entered Shwe Zarr in Maungdaw South and began rounding up local villagers in the Arissa Para hamlet starting from the early morning hours of Sunday, according to our local correspondent.

However, seeing the military, many Rohingyas, all the men and some of the women escaped to the nearby forests.

The exact number of arrests is not known and details are still sketchy as the area remains under lockdown. 

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