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Arakan State Braces for More Violence

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Buddhist women hold sharpened bamboo sticks as they guard their homes on June 9 after around 1,000 Muslims swept through 22 predominantly Buddhist villages, attacking residents and burning houses and other buildings on June 8. The violence claimed the lives of at least seven villagers. (Photo: Reuters / Soe Zeya Tun)

A soldier walks near a plane that has just landed in Sittwe airport as police personnel disembark on June 9. The government has increased security in Arakan State following a wave of mob violence. (Photo: Reuters / Soe Zeya Tun)

Buddhist men hold weapons after around 1,000 Muslims swept through 22 predominantly Buddhist villages, attacking residents and burning houses and other buildings on June 8. The violence claimed the lives of at least seven villagers. (Photo: Reuters / Soe Zeya Tun)

Police stand guard in Sittwe on June 9. The government sent troops and naval vessels to Arakan State on Saturday. On June 10, authorities in Arakan State have imposed new curfews to keep clashes between Buddhists and Muslims from escalating in Arakan State capital of Sittwe and three other townships. State television on Sunday said “elements” in those townships are acting unlawfully and causing disorder in those townships. (Photo: Reuters / Soe Zeya Tun)

A Buddhist man injured in clashes between Buddhists and Muslims in Arakan State is treated in hospital in Sittwe on June 9. (Photo: Reuters / Soe Zeya Tun)

Police carry boxes of supplies after arriving at Sittwe airport on June 9. (Photo: Reuters / Soe Zeya Tun)

A blind man holds a sharpened bamboo stick as he guards his home after fighting between Muslim and Buddhist communities in Sittwe. Tensions are high in Arakan State after seven people were killed and around 500 houses were destroyed when Muslim mobs raided Buddhist villages. (Photo: Reuters / Soe Zeya Tun)