Thousands of Rohingyas seek safety in Bangladesh as clashes in Myanamr intensify

UNSC meets on Wednesday to discuss deadly violence against Rohingya muslims
Military action in Rakhine legal, says security chief
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31 August, 2017

He said over 1,000 ethnic Rohingya had gathered here since 8am to march to the Myanmar embassy in Jalan Ampang Hilir to hand over a memorandum protesting against the atrocities and killing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

To date, at least 110 people were killed.

The insurgent raids last Thursday were deadlier than an attack by the militants on three border posts last October that killed nine policemen and set off months of brutal counterinsurgency operations against Rohingya communities.

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The government continued a mass evacuation of thousands of ethnic Rakhine Buddhists from the area, where they are a minority, to larger towns, police stations and army bases.

The government denies full citizenship to Rohingya Muslims, branding them illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

Many Rohingya trying to enter Bangladesh were sick and at least six have died after making the crossing, an aid worker said, adding that fear of being caught and sent back meant some refused to seek help.

On Sunday Pope Francis led mounting global calls for the protection of "our Rohingya brothers".

The analyst further said that what is happening to the Rohingya Muslims is an "appalling tragedy", emphasizing that all people should stand up and speak out against the persecution of the minority group.

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"This turn of events is deplorable", Zeid said in a statement.

"This security protection is a humanitarian concern; it has to include the people of Rakhine state", she said.

Thousands of Rohingya have fled towards Bangladesh, but authorities there have refused to let majority in, with an untold number of people - mainly women and children - stranded along the border zone.

The United Nations, while condemning the militant attacks by Rohingya insurgents, has pressured Myanmar to protect civilian lives without discrimination.

Maungdaw, in the northern part of Rakhine state, is a center of the violence, though villages over a much wider area were also hit. He called the attacks a crime against Myanmar citizens, against the nation, and against law and order.

Rakhine has been the scene of communal violence since 2012.

"Global silence on continuing violence against #Rohingya Muslims". The refugees largely live in camps in dire conditions.

The ARSA, which the Myanmar government designated as a terrorist group in August 2016, took responsibility for the attacks on more than 25 locations. There have been numerous eyewitness accounts of summary executions, rapes, and arson attacks by security forces against the Muslims since the crackdown began.

Ali Hossain, Cox's Bazar district's top government official, told The Associated Press that its resources were under huge stress after some 87,000 Rohingya entered Bangladesh since October a year ago and another 18,000 since last Friday.


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