Rohingya refugees flee Myanmar

Laura Christensen
September 2, 2017

Four of the deceased might have been shot to death, said the OC quoting witnesses.

Desperate to reach Bangladesh, thousands of Rohingya have taken to boats - or clung to flotsam - in an effort to cross the Naf river which separates the two countries.

Last week, Rohingya insurgents attacked at least two dozen police posts in Burma's Rakhine state, triggering fighting with security forces that left more than 100 people dead and forced at least 18,000 Rohingya to flee into neighboring Bangladesh.

"At least 38,000 Rohingyas entered Bangladesh in one week since August 25 and took shelter in many parts of Cox's Bazar district", a United Nations official in Bangladesh said.

The Rohingya are denied citizenship in Buddhist-majority Myanmar and regarded as illegal immigrants, despite claiming roots that date back centuries.

The IOM said it was hard to estimate the number of people stranded in the no man's land at the border between the neighbors, but added there were "hundreds and hundreds" of people stuck there.

The suffering of tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fleeing the clashes in Myanmar's Rakhine State and subsequent army was the top issue addressed by Turkish politicians in their messages after attending prayers for Qurban Bayram (Feast of the Sacrifice), also known as Eid al-Adha.

Burma is often called Myanmar, a name that military authorities adopted in 1989.

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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today urged restraint and calm in Myanmar's Rakhine State, cautioning that the situation may otherwise lead to a humanitarian catastrophe.

India's supreme court has agreed to hear a petition challenging the government's decision to deport all of the estimated 40,000 Rohingya Muslims living in the country after fleeing persecution in Myanmar, a lawyer involved in the case said on Friday. That set off a surge of anti-Muslim sentiment throughout the country.

It is the first time in Rakhine s bitter and bloody crisis that Hindus have fled - a sign violence is billowing out.

New recruits are being trained and armed in the hillsides across the border in Myanmar's Rakhine State, Omar told AFP, where a week of bloody conflict has left at least 110 confirmed dead and driven almost 20,000 civilians into Bangladesh.

Myanmar's army has been killing unarmed women, children and elderly people through a systematic, premeditated and planned genocide against the Rohingyas, Shafi said.

There are approximately 1.1 million Muslim Rohingyas in Myanmar, whom many consider the world's most persecuted minority.

"We have machetes, knives, sticks and some land mines in our possession", Omar said, adding they received a little food from villages sympathetic to their cause.

"Now we are training them in our camp", said the young fighter clad in tracksuit bottoms, a polo shirt and sandals.

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