Myanmar army kills 2 Rohingya pregnant women
Published: 11:34 PM, 25 January 2020 Updated: 11:36 PM, 25 January 2020
Two pregnant Rohingya women were killed and seven others were injured as Myanmar troops shelled a Rohingya village on Saturday, two days after the four directives of International Court of Justice (ICJ) to stop the Rohingya massacre, news Reuters.
Maung Kyaw Zan, a national member of parliament for Buthidaung township in northern Rakhine state, said shells fired from a nearby battalion hit Kin Taung village in the middle of the night. Government troops have been battling ethnic rebels in the state for more than a year.
“There was no fighting, they just shot artillery to a village without a battle,” he told Reuters by phone, adding it was the second time this year that civilians had been killed.
The spokesman for the ruling party told Reuters the country was already protecting Rohingya, but the civilian government had limited power over the military.
Civilian authorities govern jointly with the military in an awkward constitutional arrangement that reserves great powers for the commander-in-chief.
The military denied responsibility, blaming the rebels who they said attacked a bridge in the early hours of the morning.
More than 730,000 Rohingya Muslims were forced to flee northern Rakhine state in 2017 after a military crackdown that the U.N has said was executed with genocidal intent.
The Hague-based International Court of Justice ordered Myanmar on Thursday to protect the Rohingya against further atrocities and preserve evidence of alleged crimes after the west African nation the Gambia launched a lawsuit in November accusing the country of genocide.