March 22nd, 2013
04:51 AM ET

Toll rises in sectarian clashes in Myanmar

The death toll from clashes between Buddhists and Muslims in central Myanmar has risen to around 20, a local lawmaker said Friday.

Set off by a dispute between a Muslim gold shop owner and two Buddhist sellers, the violence in Meiktila Township has prompted thousands of residents to flee their homes as rioters set fire to houses, schools and mosques, according to Win Htein, a member of parliament for the area.

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  1. s kel

    If thats what set it off..thats the stupided thing I have heard.

    March 22, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike

    Islamists need to be dealt with. Thank you Myanmar for your courage and resolve to drive out these Islamist terrorists and murderers.

    March 24, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maria

      Numbers 31:17-18

      New International Version (NIV)

      17 Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, 18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man//

      March 28, 2013 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. Maria

    Kill the Entire Town if One Person Worships Another God

    Suppose you hear in one of the towns the LORD your
    God is giving you that some worthless rabble among you have led their fellow
    citizens astray by encouraging them to worship foreign gods. In such cases, you
    must examine the facts carefully. If you find it is true and can prove that
    such a detestable act has occurred among you, you must attack that town and
    completely destroy all its inhabitants, as well as all the livestock. Then you
    must pile all the plunder in the middle of the street and burn it. Put the
    entire town to the torch as a burnt offering to the LORD your God. That town
    must remain a ruin forever; it may never be rebuilt. Keep none of the plunder
    that has been set apart for destruction. Then the LORD will turn from his
    fierce anger and be merciful to you. He will have compassion on you and make
    you a great nation, just as he solemnly promised your ancestors. "The LORD your
    God will be merciful only if you obey him and keep all the commands I am giving
    you today, doing what is pleasing to him." (Deuteronomy 13:13-19 NLT)

    March 28, 2013 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |