Multiple sources have debunked images that were said to show Rohingya Muslims, who are fleeing Myanmar for Bangladesh by the thousands, torching their villages to trick foreign media.
Myanmar is currently facing a wave of international criticism due to a government-led crackdown on the country’s Rohingya Muslims.
Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have escaped from the country's western Rakhine state into Bangladesh in recent months following renewed attacks from the Burmese military.
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Last week, images of “Bengalis” — the Myanmar government’s preferred term for the Rohingya — apparently burning down their own homes in one of the townships circulated on Facebook and Twitter.
According to Eleven Media, a local outlet that reported the story, the photos were part of a video taken by a man identified as Maung Maung Tun, who passed the footage to journalists. Muang told Eleven Media he did not know who the people in the video were.
Meanwhile, according to the Associated Press, a local Hindu woman told the press that her house had been burnt down by the Rohingyas, similar to what was seen in the photos. The AP was unable to reach her again after viewing a video of the blaze.