Myanmar Ethnic Strife Death Toll Reaches 100

Myanmar Ethnic Strife Death Toll Reaches 100 -- Myanmar, Rakhine State's capital Sittwe is under a communal violence, according to the state's spokesman Win Myaing. Freshest update says that the death toll has already topped 100 mark.

As of Friday, the number of people killed in the clashes between the members of the Buddhist Rakhine and the Muslim Rohingya communities is already 112. This resulted to about 2,000 homes burned down in the midst of the conflict.

Sittwe, formerly Akyab is located on an estuarial island developed at the confluence of the Kaladan, Mayu, and Lay Mro rivers emptying into the Bay of Bengal (wiki). According to a 2006 population data, the city has 181k inhabitants. Sittwe is also the seat of Sittwe Township and Sittwe District.
Sittwe main street
This might not be the proper occasion to introduce some of the famous attractions of Sittwe as an urban destination but for the sake of the curious minds, here goes the short list:
  1. Viewpoint (The Point) - Located at the end of the Strand Road, looking out to the Bay of Bengal and the mouth of the Kaladan River.
  2. The hundred year old Shwe Zedi Kyaung - A famous monastery in Sittwe.
  3. Pyay-Lone-Chan-Thar Pharagri - The focal point of Sittwe's Buddhist environment, beside Shwe Zedi Kyaung. 
  4. Ahkyaib-daw - One of the most sacred Buddhist pagodas, believed to have been built in the days of Emperor Asoka (r. 269-232 BCE)
  5. Rakhine State Cultural Museum - Contains exhibits on Rakhine culture and history.
Stay tuned to the news and updates on the on-going conflict between members of the Buddhist Rakhine and the Muslim Rohingya groups.

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