Nearly 60 killed in sectarian clashes in Burma’s Rakhine state

Nearly 60 people have been killed in the latest series of clashes between Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in western Burma. The violence broke out over the weekend and has spread to several towns, including the commercially important Kyaukpyu. How many homes and other buildings  have been destroyed is unclear, but Reuters reports that the number is in the hundreds. Security forces are in Rakhine, trying to stop the unrest and imposing curfews in some towns.

It’s unclear what caused the latest fighting. The violence is the worst since June, when 80 people were killed and 75,000 displaced, after Muslim men allegedly raped and murdered a Buddhist woman.