Published: Wed, August 30, 2017
Medical | By Carla Vaughn

Some 1000 Rohingya Muslims flee to Bangladesh after violent clashes

Some 1000 Rohingya Muslims flee to Bangladesh after violent clashes

The U.N. refugee agency is urging Bangladesh to give refuge to Rohingya Muslims, amid reports that people fleeing violence in Myanmar's western Rakhine state are being turned away.

About one million Rohingya live in Myanmar's Rakhine State, where Rohingya insurgents attacked police outposts on August 25.

According to the report, "one man who fled to Bangladesh from Taung Pyo Let Yar village, near where Human Rights Watch detected active fires, said he witnessed security forces shooting people as they chased militants, and that homes were set ablaze".

Rohingya have been fleeing Myanmar to Bangladesh since the early 1990s and there are about 400,000 in the country, where they are a source of tension between the two nations who both regard them as the other country's citizens.

The Myanmar government called on Rohingya civilians to cooperate with the security forces and said those not related to the insurgents would not be affected.

These events violate the basic rights of the Rohingya and they also represent a grave violation of Myanmar's government worldwide commitments to protect civilians.

More than 100 people, including around 80 militants, have been confirmed killed in the fightback, which has seen thousands of Rohingya villagers fleeing for Bangladesh.

Although the cause of fire has not been ascertained yet, NY based Human Rights Watch are adamant that satellite images emerging in the aftermath clearly show burning in at least ten different areas in Northern Rakhine State.

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The United Nations Security Council will meet behind closed doors on Wednesday, at the request of Britain, to discuss the situation in Myanmar.

Several videos have been posted online that show b widespread burning of buildings in the Maungdaw township in the northern part of Rakhine State.

Additionally Marsudi said that she had also contacted Bangladesh's foreign minister to discuss Bangladesh's recent refusal to accept Rohingya refugees.

The Burmese government has blamed Rohingya insurgents for the violence, including the arson.

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.

The leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics will be in Myanmar from 27 to 30 November and neighbouring Bangladesh from 30 November to 2 December, the Vatican said on Monday.

The UN has said the government's response to those attacks could amount to ethnic cleansing.

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