Riots Leave Burma Town in Ruins

    Residents walk past buildings burning in riot-hit Meiktila, central Myanmar on March 21, 2013.  At least 10 people have been killed in riots in central Myanmar, an MP said on March 21, prompting international concern at the country's worst communal unrest since a wave of Buddhist-Muslim clashes last year.    AFP PHOTO/ Soe Than WIN        (Photo credit should read Soe Than WIN/AFP/Getty Images)

    Burning building in Meiktila, Myanmar on Thursday. (Soe Than Win/AFP/Getty)

    An unknown number are dead in Burma after deadly riots stretched into a third day Friday. The uproar, which began Wednesday, was sparked by an argument between Muslim owners of a gold shop and a Buddhist couple. The violence has left mosques and other religious buildings burning and charred bodies laying in the streets. Journalists are being denied entry into the region, forcing the media to rely on images and updates from social media. Reports on how many have been killed are varied, with state news claiming only five and other reports as many as 20. Tension has been brewing between Burma’s Muslims and Buddhists since the country was liberated from military rule two years ago.

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