Government accused of systematic strategy in Rakhine state as Rohingya claim soldiers torched their homes and fired on them after urging them to leave

Satellite imagery has shown flames engulfing huge swathes of Myanmar’s Rakhine state, prompting accusations that state forces are adopting a deliberate and systematic scorched-earth campaign to drive out the Rohingya Muslim minority.

In addition to the satellite evidence, captured by Amnesty International, the Guardian has received video footage from Rohingya villagers fleeing their homes as they attempt to make their way to Bangladesh. The clips show fires burning in the distance and hundreds of people hiking up muddy jungle paths and crossing rivers with sacks and baskets crammed with their belongings. The Guardian has been shown at least two images of corpses.

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