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Satellite images reveal destruction in Rohingya villages

YANGON, Myanmar — High-definition satellite images show 820 newly identified structures destroyed this month in five Rohingya Muslim villages in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state where the military is carrying out counter-insurgency operations, a human rights group said Monday.

US-based Human Rights Watch urged the government to invite the UN to assist in an impartial investigation.

‘‘These alarming new satellite images confirm that the destruction in Rohingya villages is far greater and in more places than the government has admitted,’’ said Brad Adams, the Asia director for the group.

The president’s spokesman, Zaw Htay, last week accused Human Rights Watch of exaggeration after the release of an initial set of satellite imagery that showed 430 destroyed buildings in three villages.


He accused the international media of misreporting the situation in Rakhine, where the government has mounted a massive security operation since nine police officers were killed by unidentified assailants who attacked guard posts in a village bordering Bangladesh last month.