Erdogan accuses Myanmar of 'genocide' against Rohingya

02 September, 2017, 00:45 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • 21 dead after Rohingya boats capsized in Naf

Violence erupted in Rakhine, Myanmar on August 25 when the southeast Asian country's security forces launched an operation against the Rohingya Muslim community.

The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, later issued a statement chastising Myanmar's security forces.

"We are working with the Bangladeshi authorities and our partners to provide life-saving assistance, including temporary shelter, food and medical treatment for those who need it", Tan said. "When huge waves tilted the boat, we panicked", Shah Karim said.

With this, the death toll from Rohingya boat capsize reaches to 23 as four more drowned in another boat capsize in the Naf river Tuesday night.

An official from the International Organisation for Migration told reporters at least 18,500 Rohingya refugees have crossed the border in the past six days, joining the almost 400,000 Rohingya already housed in squalid camps in Bangladesh.

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.

Most live in squalid and increasingly overcrowded camps in the coastal area of Cox's Bazar, and Dhaka has made clear it wants no more to come.

A 23-year-old Rohingya woman from Kyet Yoe Pyin said she had witnessed soldiers and Buddhist mobs rape and kill Muslims in her village over the weekend.

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Last year, scores of Rohingya were killed and tens of thousands forced to flee to Bangladesh after a major military operation was launched against them.

Thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar since the country's military sent hundreds of new troops to Rakhine state earlier this month.

Ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and other tribal groups are also among the dead and displaced after allegedly being targeted by Rohingya militants.

UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, on Thursday said the "worsening cycle of violence" in Rakhine was of "grave concern and must be broken urgently".

Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) stops Rohingya people who are trying to enter Bangladesh in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, Aug 27, 2017.

The MEA, on Friday, said the India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway project is on track and also hoped that the Kaladan transport project in which India is a participant would boost the economy of Myanmar. The Muslims, however, claim roots in the region that go back centuries.

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.

On Wednesday, the UN Security Council held a closed-door discussion to address the violence in Rakhine state at the request of the UK, CNN reports.


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