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2,500 houses torched in a week in Myanmar sectarian clashes

A fire truck arrives at a site where houses are on fire in Sittwe, capital of the western state of Rakhine, Myanmar, on June 15, 2012.

More than 30,000 people have been displaced by deadly sectarian clashes in western Myanmar, a senior local official said on Thursday, and at least 29 people have been killed since June 8, with scores more wounded.

More than 20 houses were burned down late on Thursday in a village near Sittwe, residents said, adding to the 2,500 torched in the past week. But there were no reports of further deaths.

-- Agence France Presse and Reuters contributed to this report

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