Thousands of Rohingya flee violence in Myanmar

Thousands of Rohingya flee violence in Myanmar

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Thousands of Rohingya in Myanmar
The Gaza Post | The News of Palestine – Myanmar

Aid workers said on Wednesday that at least 18,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state have entered Bangladesh in less than a week.

The crisis erupted after Rohingya insurgents attacked 30 police stations last Friday, triggering a military response.

Aid workers giving emergency shelter and food say about a dozen of the new arrivals have recent bullet wounds.

Thousands more are waiting at the border, local sources say.

Many are thought to be trapped in an unoccupied zone between the countries.

At least 100 people, mostly insurgents, have been reported killed in the latest violence in Rakhine. Independent confirmation from the state is almost impossible as few journalists are given access.

The International Organisation for Migration said on Wednesday that about 18,500 Rohingya – mostly women and children – had crossed into Bangladesh since last Friday’s attacks.

More than 100,000 Rohingya refugees have now entered Bangladesh since last October, accusing the Myanmar authorities of ethnic persecution.

The authorities in Bangladesh have been turning many Rohingyas from Myanmar back – both countries say the Rohingya are not their citizens.

“The situation is very terrifying, houses are burning, all the people ran away from their homes, parents and children were divided, some were lost, some are dead,” Abdullah, a young Rohingya man who had made it to Bangladesh, told Reuters.

Source: BBC News

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