Before-and-after satellite images released by
Human Rights Watch show Rohingya villages in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine State that were allegedly burned down by soldiers. Swipe across these images to see the scale of the destruction. Satellite photo of Wa Peik Village, Maungdaw District, Myanmar, in 2014 and on 10 November 2016 Human Rights Watch/Reuters
Satellite photo of Wa Peik Village, Maungdaw District, Myanmar, on 10 November 2016 Human Rights Watch/Reuters Satellite photo of Kyet Yoe Pyin village, Maungdaw District, Myanmar on 30 March 2016 Human Rights Watch/Reuters
Satellite photo of Kyet Yoe Pyin village, Maungdaw District, Myanmar, on 10 November 2016 Human Rights Watch/Reuters
At least 86 people are reported to have been killed in
escalating violence that has displaced about 30,000 in the region's most serious bloodshed since hundreds were killed in communal clashes in 2012. Many among the Buddhist majority in Myanmar view its 1.1 million Rohingya as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.
Rohingya refugees have been pouring into Bangladesh, with some feared to have drowned after a boat sank while crossing the River Naaf that separates the two countries during a bid to flee violence. Rohingya residents and human rights groups accuse the military and border guard forces of raping Rohingya women, torching houses and killing civilians during operations there. The Myanmar government and military deny the accusations.
Residents displaced by conflict are pictured fleeing from Maungdaw in Rakhine State in October 2016 AFP A Myanmar Rohingya girl reads the Quran at a refugee camp in the Cox's Bazar district of Bangladesh Munir uz Zaman/AFP Rohingya Muslim women are pictured at the Kutupalang Refugee Camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters Smouldering debris of burned houses is seen in Warpait village, a Muslim village in Maungdaw located in Rakhine State, in October 2016 Ye Aung Thu/AFP Damaged personal possessions are seen in the remains of a burnt-out house in Warpait village, a Muslim village in Maungdaw located in Rakhine State, in October 2016 Ye Aung Thu/AFP An abandoned Rohingya house is seen at U Shey Kya village outside Maungdaw, in Rakhine state, Myanmar Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters A Rohingya Muslim woman and her son cry after being caught trying to cross illegally into Bangladesh Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters The ruins of a market which was set on fire are seen at a Rohingya village outside Maugndaw in Rakhine state, Myanmar Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters Border Guard Bangladesh personnel stand watch on the banks of the Naaf River, which separates the two countries Munir uz Zaman/AFP Security personnel check an auto-rickshaw for Rohingya refugees at a broder checkpoint in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters Border Guard Bangladesh personnel detain a man who was suspected by Rohingya refugees of spying for Myanmar, at a refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh Munir uz Zaman/AFP Armed Myanmar border police patrol along the river dividing Myanmar and Bangladesh in Maungdaw, Rakhine State Ye Aung Thu/AFP A Bangladeshi border guard stands on a watchtower near the Myanmar border to prevent Rohingya refugees from crossing into Bangladesh Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters Ethnic Rakhine men attend a police training course in Sittwe, Myanmar as a civilian force will be deployed in the north of the Rakhine state Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters
Rohingya Muslim children stand in U Shey Kya village outside Maungdaw in Rakhine state, Myanmar Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters
The violence is the most serious since hundreds were killed in communal clashes in Rakhine in 2012, and poses the biggest test yet for the eight-month-old administration of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi.