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Arrests warrants for Buddhist monks in Myanmar after clashes with Rohingya

Police in Myanmar have issued arrest warrants for at least seven Buddhist nationalists, including at least two monks, after a clash with Rohingya Muslims left at least one injured, according to reports.

The BBC quoted local media sources as reporting Buddhist monks marched into the Rohingya town of Mingalar Taung Nyunt on Wednesday, where they were allegedly looking for “illegal” Rohingya.

The town, in the Yangon province, has seen increased tensions in recent months, as Buddhist nationalists have attempted to halt Islamic ceremonies and forced two schools to temporarily close.

At least 70,000 Rohingya have been forced to flee into neighbouring Bangladesh over the last six months as Myanmar's military launched a crackdown in the area. The United Nations Human Rights Council called for an investigation into human rights abuses committed by the military in March – a call that was rejected by the Myanmar's Nobel Peace Prize winning leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

See more from the BBC here.