Rohingya try to enter Desh to flee Myanmar violence

28 August, 2017, 01:17 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Rohingya try to enter Desh to flee Myanmar violence

Myanmar's minister for social welfare, relief and resettlement Win Myat Aye told Reuters late on Saturday that 4,000 "ethnic villagers" who had fled their villages had been evacuated, referring to non-Muslim residents of the area. Ms Suu Kyi has condemned the raids in which insurgents wielding guns, sticks and homemade bombs assaulted 30 police stations and an army base.

Several hundred Rohingya got stuck at one border point in Bangladesh's Bandarban district, barred from moving farther by Bangladeshi border guards.

"We appeal the worldwide community to exercise "the Responsibility to Protect" as the Rohingya civilian population plunges into another episode of widespread "crimes against humanity" under the hands of Myanmar Armed Forces", said the body in the statement.

Friday's violence pushed more Rohingya to leave, with two boats containing around 150 women, children and elderly people attempting to cross the Naf river into Bangladesh.

The treatment of approximately 1.1 million Muslim Rohingya in mainly Buddhist Myanmar has emerged as the biggest challenge for national leader.

Fighting between the military and hundreds of Rohingya militants continued Saturday with the fiercest clashes near the major town of Maungdaw, according to locals and the government sources. A local reporter in the town of Buthidaung told Reuters he had seen almost 100 staff of worldwide aid agencies leave the town in speedboats following that statement.

The army and the Myanmar's civilian government have vehemently deny allegations of widespread abuses including rapes and murders.

32 killed in Myanmar Terror Attacks
But most who made it to the border with Bangladesh were stranded, as the government in Dhaka effectively closed its border with Myanmar .

Myanmar security forces have conducted sporadic operations to flush out suspected militants throughout 2017, often resulting in casualties among Rohingya villagers.

Thousands others gathered on the zero line of the border as sounds of gunfire were heard from other side of the border, the official said. He was unable to describe the government's plans to help Rohingya civilians.

Smith urged Bangladesh not to turn Rohingya away, saying its government has an "obligation to give at least temporary protection to refugees. running through forests, fleeing for their lives, in most cases with only the clothes on their back". Many Myanmar Buddhists regard them as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis is decrying persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and praying they receive "full rights".

An insurgent group known as the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, formerly known as Harakat al-Yaqeen - or "Faith Movement" - claimed responsibility on Twitter for the attack.

"They were pleading with us not to send them back to Myanmar", said one police officer in a BBC report.

Myanmar says the group is headed by Rohingya jihadists who were trained overseas but it is unclear how large the network is and they appear to be using homespun weapons in addition to guns seized during their raids.



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