Myanmar says 40% of Rohingya villages targeted by army are now empty

Government spokesman says 176 villages inhabited by Muslim minority have been cleared by army, as Aung San Suu Kyi pulls out of UN general assembly

Scores of villages that were inhabited by Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority are completely empty, a government spokesman has said.

Of 471 villages targeted in “clearance operations” by the Burmese army since late August, Zaw Htay said, 176 are now completely empty and at least 34 others partially abandoned.

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