Myanmar army: Rakhine deaths reach 400

Sep 02, 2017, 00:43
Myanmar army: Rakhine deaths reach 400

"Another 15 bodies were recovered on Friday morning which takes the number of total death toll to 38 from 23 on Thursday", said Chailau Marma, additional superintendent of police in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district, some 292 km southeast of the capital Dhaka.

Officials say three boats carrying ethnic Rohingya fleeing violence in Myanmar have capsized in Bangladesh and 26 bodies have been recovered.

It triggered a fresh influx of refugees towards neighboring Bangladesh though the country sealed off its border for the refugees.

Around 400 people - a lot of them Rohingya Muslims - have died in violence searing through Myanmar s Rakhine state, the army chief s office said Friday, with tens of thousands forced to flee across the border into Bangladesh.

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. In mid-August, after an attack attributed to the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army killed 10 policemen, the Myanmar Army has launched a new crackdown in Rakhine. They face severe persecution, with the government refusing to recognize them as a legitimate native ethnic minority, leaving them without citizenship and basic rights. Some nations, such as the United States and Britain, have refused to adopt the name change.

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a plea filed by noted lawyer, Prashant Bhushan, challenging the decision to deport illegal Rohingya Muslim immigrants back to Myanmar. That set off a surge of anti-Muslim sentiment throughout the country.

According to the state-run Anadolu news agency, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told Bangladeshi authorities to "open your doors", adding that the country would cover the costs associated with letting in more Rohingya.

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

An AFP reporter on a government-led trip to Maungdaw this week saw columns of smoke rising from several burning villages, while terrified Buddhist and Hindu civilians huddled in schools in the main town.

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

A UNHCR aid worker gathers details about the Rohingya muslim refugees from Mayanmar at a makeshift camp on World Refugee Day in the outskirts of the Indian city Jammu on June 20, 2017. It said the locations match some of the accounts given by people who have fled into Bangladesh of settlements that have been attacked and destroyed by Myanmar soldiers, police and armed civilians.

"They have been sheltered in an abandoned poultry farm there".

"They mercilessly slaughtered men, women and children", she told AFP by telephone from Cox s Bazar in Bangladesh where she has fled.

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