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  • This Dec. 20, 2017, satellite image released by DigitalGlobe shows an aerial overview of the village of Gu Dar Pyin, Myanmar.  (DigitalGlobe via AP)

  • This Dec. 20, 2017, infrared satellite image released by DigitalGlobe shows an aerial overview of the village of Gu Dar Pyin, Myanmar. (DigitalGlobe via AP)

  • This May 26, 2017 satellite image released by DigitalGlobe shows an aerial overview of the village of Gu Dar Pyin, Myanmar. (DigitalGlobe via AP)

  • In this Jan. 14, 2018 photo, Rohingya Muslim refugee Mohammad Karim, 26, shows a mobile video of Gu Dar Pyin's massacre inside his kiosk in Kutupalong refugee camp, Bangladesh. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

  • This Dec. 20, 2017, satellite image released by DigitalGlobe shows an aerial overview of the village of Gu Dar Pyin, Myanmar. (DigitalGlobe via AP)

  • In this Jan. 21, 2018 photo, Rohingya Muslim refugee Noor Kadir, 24, from the Myanmar village of Gu Dar Pyin, plays with his son inside the family makeshift shelter in Balukhali refugee camp, Bangladesh. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

  • This combination of May 26, 2017, left, and Dec. 20, 2017, satellite images provided by DigitalGlobe show the village of Gu Dar Pyin, Myanmar before and after destruction.  (DigitalGlobe via AP)

  • This Sept. 25, 2017, satellite image released by DigitalGlobe shows an aerial overview of the village of Gu Dar Pyin, Myanmar.  (DigitalGlobe via AP)

  • In this Jan. 14, 2018 photo, Rohingya Muslim refugee Mohammad Younus, 25, from the Myanmar village of Gu Dar Pyin, stands on a hill of Kutupalong refugee camp, Bangladesh.  (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

  • This Dec. 20, 2017, satellite image released by DigitalGlobe shows an aerial overview of the village of Gu Dar Pyin, Myanmar.  (DigitalGlobe via AP)

  • This May 26, 2017, color infrared satellite image released by DigitalGlobe shows an aerial overview of the village of Gu Dar Pyin, Myanmar.  (DigitalGlobe via AP)

  • This May 26, 2017, satellite image released by DigitalGlobe shows an aerial overview of the village of Gu Dar Pyin, Myanmar. (DigitalGlobe via AP)

  • In this Jan. 14, 2018 photo, Rohingya Muslim refugee Mohammad Lalmia, 20, from the Myanmar village of Gu Dar Pyin poses for a portrait in Balukhali refugee camp, Bangladesh.  (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Thursday, February 01, 2018 3:40 pm

The Latest: UN wants Myanmar to allow probe of mass graves

BALUKHALI REFUGEE CAMP, Bangladesh – The Latest on The Associated Press confirming several previously unreported mass graves in Myanmar's Rakhine state (all times local):

12:30 a.m.

A United Nations spokesman says a report by The Associated Press on mass graves in Myanmar is "extremely troubling," and he urged Myanmar to allow access to the state where the killings occurred.

Stephane Dujarric was asked for reaction from U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the AP's report confirming more than five mass graves in the Myanmar village of Gu Dar Pyin. The report relied on time-stamped cellphone video and interviews with more than two dozen survivors who say Myanmar troops and Buddhist villagers killed scores of ethnic Rohingya Muslims in August.

Dujarric says the U.N. is "very concerned" about the possible mass graves. He says the report "underscores the need for the U.N. to have access" to Myanmar's Rakhine state, which hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled since August.

8:30 a.m.

The Associated Press has confirmed more than five previously unreported mass graves in the Myanmar village of Gu Dar Pyin through multiple interviews with more than two dozen survivors in Bangladesh refugee camps and through time-stamped cellphone videos.

The Myanmar government regularly claims massacres like Gu Dar Pyin never happened, and has acknowledged only one mass grave containing 10 "terrorists" in the village of Inn Din.

But the AP's reporting shows a military slaughter of civilians, and suggests the presence of many more graves with many more people.

It is the newest piece of evidence for what looks increasingly like a genocide in Myanmar's western Rakhine state against the Rohingya, a long-persecuted ethnic Muslim minority in the predominantly Buddhist country.