Yaoundé, Cameroon — Rights teams in Cameroon have accused the army of torching rankings of houses this week of suspected separatist supporters, leaving loads of other folks homeless this vacation season. The army has denied burning any civilian homes.

Cameroon civil society teams say loads of other folks rendered homeless through this week’s assaults are in the hunt for safe haven in church buildings.

Some of the homeless reside with kin and well-wishers inside of their neighborhood in line with the Roman Catholic Church in Cameroon’s restive Northwest area.

Rights teams, civilians and participants of the church had been sharing movies of no less than 12 homes burned on Thursday in Yer, a village in Jakiri district.

In the movies, shared on social media platforms together with Facebook and WhatsApp, a person figuring out himself as a neighborhood chief accuses Cameroon’s executive troops of torching the homes.

“We are at the road linking Jakiri to Kumbo, precisely at Yer where these buildings were razed by the military. The military has burnt down buildings due to the incident that led to the loss of military and they resorted to burning down these buildings to ashes. That is a sign of weakness,” he stated.

Cameroon army verify that the video was once taken after executive troops attacked a separatist camp in Yer on Thursday to unfastened civilians who had been held hostage through separatist combatants.

At least 4 combatants had been killed however no executive troops had been wounded in line with the army. Separatists say no less than seven executive troops had been killed.

The executive says pissed off combatants escaped from their camp at Yer and set hearth to the homes of people that the separatists accuse of taking part with executive troops.

Tar Emmanuel Tatah is a member of the Cameroon Civil Society Group. He says greater than 40 homes had been torched this week in Yer, Kimah and Meluv, all villages in the Northwest area.

Tar says executive troops arranged reprisal assaults on civilians who the army accused of taking part with separatists.

“It is really, really terrible that things have gone this way again with the burning of houses when people thought that everything was becoming normal,” Tar stated. “It is going to scare people from coming back home. Those who had returned to the Northwest and Southwest regions, will again find themselves internally displaced. Government should use the right approach to solve this problem.”