US Urges Myanmar to Avoid Reprisals After Attacks Kill 89

Mass clashes in Myanmar: about a hundred killed
Rohingya influx continues
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29 August, 2017

Bangladeshi border guards are turning people away in an attempt to discourage refugees from seeking safe havens in Bangladesh, he said, but many people are waiting near the border before attempting another crossing.

According to official figures, at least 98 people have died, including 80 militants and 12 soldiers or police, since armed members of the Rohingya ethnic group launched co-ordinated attacks on police and army posts in the far west of Burma.

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh told Monday how they fled for their lives from Myanmar's army as the United Nations refugee agency said more than 3,000 had arrived in the past three days.

Ethnic Rakhine and other residents of Maungdaw have been evacuated to Sittwe and Rathedaung, while thousands of Rohingya have fled across the border to Bangladesh.

Incidents of Myanmar forces opening fire on Rohingyas gathered near the border have been reported in the last two days. "We want to stay here or else we'll get killed".

Myanmar authorities have previously said they have links to militants trained by the Pakistani Taliban.

In addition to significant fatalities, the recent conflict has also driven between 5,000 and 10,000 people from their home, according to Ro Nay San Lwin, a Rohingya activist based in Europe, who said mosques and madrasas had been burned to the ground, and the civilian population left without aid or assistance. Thousands of Rohingya Muslims flee across the border near Cox's Bazar after the shots rang out on Saturday.

Violence erupted over the weekend in the impoverished Rakhine state, leaving almost 80 suspected Rohingya insurgents, 12 security officers and six civilians dead, according to state media.

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Centhra notes that there have been calls made by certain quarters for the scrapping of the non-interference clause in the Asean Charter to allow member states to intervene in Myanmar to stop the collective punishment, persecution, and violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority, which Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak characterised a year ago as genocide.

But the journey was arduous - and many Rohingya did not make it, turned back at the border by Bangladeshi soldiers.

A Rohingya insurgent group, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa) took responsibility for Thursday night's attacks on more than 25 locations, saying they were in defense of Rohingya communities that had been brutalized by government forces.

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace prize victor from her years of nonviolent opposition to junta rule, has faced a chorus of worldwide criticism over the continued plight of the Rohingya.

Speaking to pilgrims and tourists in St Peter's Square following the Angelus prayer, the Holy Father said: "Sad news has reached us of the persecution of our Rohingya brothers and sisters, a religious minority".

Bangladesh border guards returned some people and cordoned some groups in areas inside the Bangladesh border, it said.

There are also reports of growing violence between ARSA and the Myanmar army, including reports that ARSA militants are shooting at Rohingyas who are trying to flee to Bangladesh.

"They were pleading with us not to send them back to Myanmar", said a policeman on condition of anonymity.


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