Aerial view of a burned Rohingya village near Maungdaw, north of Rakhine state, Myanmar September 27, 2017. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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Myanmar's government will manage the redevelopment of villages torched during violence in Rakhine state that has sent nearly half a million Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, a minister was reported Wednesday as saying.The government says nearly 500 people have been killed since Aug. 25, nearly 400 of them insurgents.Some villagers have said the insurgents suspected Hindus of being on the side of the government and acting as government spies.Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan government Wednesday slammed a group of radical Buddhist monks who attacked Rohingya refugees on the island as "animals," pledging action against police who failed to protect the refugees.Rajitha Senaratne, a Cabinet spokesman, said the government condemned Tuesday's storming of a U.N. safe house where 31 Rohingya refugees, including 16 children and seven women, had been given shelter.
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