New violence in Myanmar kills up to a dozen people-A A +A
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
YANGON, Myanmar — Officials said up to 12 people have died in new communal clashes in western Myanmar.
Lawmakers said the violence broke out Tuesday in Yathetaung township between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims, who are denied citizenship in Myanmar and are viewed as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.
Earlier violence between the two groups left at least 50 people dead and displaced tens of thousands of others.
The area was reported calm Wednesday.
There were varying estimates of the toll from Tuesday's bloodshed.
Ruling party lawmaker Shwe Maung said two of the dead were Muslims. He said he received unconfirmed reports that seven Buddhists also died. (AP)