In the village of Bin, the security forces
fired artillery and gunfirethen they burned down about 200 houses, according to a resident.
We couldn’t take anything with us. We only took some warm clothes, then we ran awayshe said.
In the nearby village of Inn Ma Hte, the army burned some 600 houses after regime supporters were attacked by anti-junta resistance fighters, according to a rebel fighter who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Local media also reported that hundreds of houses had been destroyed in the two villages.
On Thursday, state television aired a report accusing opponents of the regime, described as
terroristsfor starting the fires.
Myanmar has descended into violence since the coup that overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi a year ago, and hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced.
Citizen militias backed by ethnic rebel factions have taken up arms against the regime. The generals are waging a bloody crackdown on their opponents, with more than 1,500 civilians killed and nearly 9,000 currently in custody, a watchdog group says local.
Investigators from the
war crimes and crimes against humanityciting
credible allegations torture, sexual violence and extrajudicial executions.
The Sagaing region has become the scene of violent clashes between the military and their opponents in recent weeks.
In December, the United States condemned the massacre of 11 villagers in this region, shot before being burned by security forces. They said they have
credible information on these abuses.
On Wednesday, the Security Council of
an immediate end to all forms of violence in Myanmar.
Washington, London and Ottawa have announced new targeted sanctions against the regime.