Rohingya try to enter Desh to flee Myanmar violence

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 Aug 2017 09:23:42


Aug 26,


THOUSANDS of ethnic Rohingya Muslims were trying to cross from Myanmar into Bangladesh on Saturday, following an attack by Rohingya militants in western Myanmar that left 89 people dead in a dramatic escalation of communal violence that has plagued the region. The militants launched the attacks overnight Thursday on more than two dozen police and border outposts. The office of Myanmar’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, said military and border police responded to the attacks -- which left 12 security personnel and 77 Rohingya dead -- by launching “clearance operations.”

Advocates for the Rohingya on social media have been reporting many Army raids on villages, including killings and the burning down of homes. They have also posted videos they say show villagers who have fled to the mountains for safety. Mohammad Nur, a Rohingya leader at an unregistered camp in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district, told The Associated Press by phone that he had heard that some 1,00,000 Rohingya had gathered along the border to try to enter Bangladesh, but the number could not be confirmed.

Bangladesh said it will not allow any more Rohingyas to enter the country which is already hosting about 4,00,000 Myanmar nationals who have caused “massive” social, economic and environmental problems.