Yangon - Myanmar troops on Monday occupied areas of a provincial western capital and other towns where sectarian violence has caused several casualties over the past week, witnesses said.
On Sunday, President Thein Sein declared a state of emergency in Rakhine state, which borders Bangladesh. He said it was necessary to curb "anarchic activities."
"The situation could deteriorate and could extend beyond Rakhine state if we are killing each other with such sectarianism, endless hatred, the desire for vengeance and anarchy," Thein Sein said.
The United Nations said Monday it would temporarily withdraw non-essential staff from Rakhine and relocate them to Yangon.
Sectarian violence has raged since June 3 when a mob of Buddhists killed 10 Muslims that they pulled off a bus in Taungup township.//DPA