Published: Wed, August 30, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

United Nations says concerned over plight of Rohingya Muslims

United Nations says concerned over plight of Rohingya Muslims

More than 100 people, including around 80 militants, have been confirmed killed in the fightback, which has seen thousands of Rohingya villagers fleeing for Bangladesh.

Almost 100 people are officially reported dead in the ongoing clashes, including 80 Rohingya insurgents and 12 members of the Burmese security forces deployed in the theatre.

Largely Muslim, 1.1 million live in Myanmar and claim their roots there go back centuries.

The information committee of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi posted photographs of destroyed Buddha Statues on its Facebook page on Tuesday, indicating they were damaged by the "terrorists" in Rakhine.

Satellite images revealed the large scale burning of Rohinyga villages in Myanmar's Rakhine State on Tuesday, as United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres expressed "deep concern" over reports of civilian killings.

"This turn of events is deplorable. It was predicted and could have been prevented".

Amnesty International has also accused security forces of firing at fleeing civilians. He added that "security personnel have been instructed to make sure that innocent civilians are not harmed".

Hussein also expressed concern that more than 8,700 Rohingya Muslims have fled from Myanmar into Bangladesh since the attacks, adding to the tens of thousands who have been arriving in Bangladesh since October 2016.

This incident typifies the struggle the Rohingya - one of the most persecuted people groups in the world. Large numbers of refugees are now stranded near the border after Bangladesh blocked their entry.

Human Rights Watch says satellite data show fires have razed 100km of land in Rakhine state in the wake of crackdown. The official said the situation across the border, which is demarcated in parts by narrow stretches of the Naf river, was "still volatile".

"Clearly there are people fleeing safety and needing refuge and need access".

'We came here out of fear for our lives, but we can't cross.

"The border guards let us take shelter here, but I don't know now what I will do with my son", he told AFP, gesturing to the shivering boy.

At the no man's land near Gumdhum, dozens of Rohingya women, most wearing burqa, sat cramped under a few black plastic sheets shielding them from the harsh sun.

Pope Francis is decrying persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and praying they receive "full rights".

An army source in Rakhine told Reuters that troops were hunting down insurgents across the region, clearing landmines and evacuating non-Muslims and government staff. "We want to stay here or else we'll get killed".

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