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    Myanmar declares state of emergency in west

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

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    A state of emergency has been declared in part of western Myanmar after several days of rioting and violence in Rakhine State - despite a build-up of government security forces in the area.

    Villagers set fire to houses on the outskirts of Sittwe township.

    The attacks are part of long-standing tensions between Buddhist residents and minority Muslims, as Dorsa Jabbari reports.