Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Number of Rohingya in Bangladesh jumps to 370000, UNHCR says

Number of Rohingya in Bangladesh jumps to 370000, UNHCR says

One mother was quoted as saying her children's injuries were so bad that "it's better that Allah takes them, they are suffering so much".

The Ambassador also demanded to create conditions conducive to protection of lives, livelihoods and human dignity of Myanmar's Muslim population.

Myanmar's authorities said more than a week ago that some 400 people - mostly Rohingya insurgents - had died in clashes with troops, but it has offered no updated death toll since.

An estimated 300,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees have fled across the border into Bangladesh after a crackdown by Myanmar security forces in response to an attack on a military outpost by Rohingya militants on August 25.

The statement was issued while Myanmar security forces were advancing to villages in Rakhine state to fight ARSA militants.

Some 40,000 Rohingyas have settled in India, and 16,000 of them have received refugee documentation, the United Nations estimates as violence against the ethnic minority spikes in the western region of Rakhine in response to growing insurgency.

Bangladesh is already home to hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas who have fled previous outbreaks of violence in Myanmar.

He said Myanmar's security operation in Rakhine state "seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

Amarpreet said they will be stocking up materials needed to prepare the community kitchen food in Dhaka.

Rabat- King Mohammed VI has given instructions to send urgent humanitarian aid to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a communiqué on Tuesday.

The meeting, which has been scheduled for Wednesday, was requested by Britain and Sweden Monday after Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, the U.N.'s human rights chief, referred to the treatment of the Rohingyas as "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing". Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also called Myanmar's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, a "brutal woman", and urged other Muslim countries to "increase political, economic and commercial pressures" on the country to stop the violence.

The recent deadliest violence in Myanmar's north-west has so far claimed almost 400 lives, with the army claiming it is conducting operations against "extremist terrorists".

Earlier this year, it backed a plan to transfer them to an island in the Bay of Bengal, Thengar Char, but rights groups said the island was unfit for human habitation due to seasonal flooding.

India's permanent representative to the United Nations on Tuesday defended New Delhi's stance on the matter of deporting Rohingya Muslim refugees to violence-hit Myanmar.

The White House has called on Myanmar to respect the rule of law and end the displacement of civilians.

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