6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed in first month of Myanmar army crackdown

Vastavam web: At least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed in the first month of a Myanmar army crackdown on rebels in Rakhine state that began in late August, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said today.The figure is the highest estimated death toll yet of violence that erupted on August 25 and triggered a massive refugee crisis, with more than 620,000 Rohingya fleeing Myanmar for Bangladesh in three months.”At least 6,700 Rohingya, in the most conservative estimations, are estimated to have been killed, including at least 730 children below the age of five,” MSF said Thursday.

The group’s findings come from six surveys of more than 2,434 households in Rohingya refugee camps and cover a period of one month.”What we uncovered was staggering, both in terms of the numbers of people who reported a family member died as a result of violence, and the horrific ways in which they said they were killed or severely injured.” Gunshot wounds were the cause of death in 69 percent of the cases, according to the survey.Myanmar’s army has denied any abuses and says only 400 people — including 376 Rohingya “terrorists” — died in the first few weeks of the crackdown.