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05:48 PM, August 29, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 06:10 PM, August 29, 2018

Rohingya crisis: UN reveals satellite images of atrocities

The UN Fact-finding Mission on Myanmar has published some maps and satellite imageries of atrocities against the Rohingyas in northern Rakhine State of Myanmar.

The map shows areas with visible destruction, through burning, of houses, other structures and vegetation in the three northern Townships (Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung) of Rakhine State.

The map was developed through the analysis of high-resolution satellite imagery collected on multiple dates between 25 August 2017 and 18 March 2018.

Destruction is represented by coloured dots, with colours corresponding to the date range when visible destruction was detected. Due to cloud cover and satellite overpass range, damage is detected within a date range. The date range refers to damage detection, as opposed to when it actually occurred.

Two satellite images from Thit Tone Nar Gwa Son village tract, northern Maungdaw Township. Image 1, taken on 25 May 2017, shows intact houses and other village structures and farmland. Image 2, taken on 13 February 2018, shows burned Rohingya houses and other structures, terrain clearance and new construction.

Information published by the Myanmar Government’s Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development in Rakhine, dated 6 December 2017, lists the names of four ethnic Mro villages where 86 houses will be built “near Thittonena Gwa Sone village”, in “Thittonena Gwa Sone” village tract

Two satellite images from Myin Hlut village tract, southern Maungdaw Township. Image 3, taken on 9 January 2018, shows burned Rohingya houses, other village structures and vegetation (within the red lines), and also remaining intact houses, structures and vegetation (outside of the red lines). Image 4, taken on 13 February 2018, shows all houses, structures and vegetation cleared.

Two satellite images from Inn Din village tract, southern Maungdaw Township. Image 5, taken on 9 October 2017, shows the eastern and southern Rohingya settlements burned, while the non-Rohingya western settlement remains intact. A Buddhist pagoda is shown within the western settlement. Image 6, taken on 16 February 2018, shows visible terrain clearance and new construction, while the western settlement remains intact.

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