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Myanmar Crackdown: 370K Rohingya Fled to Bangladesh since Aug. 25
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UN Secretary-General's spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that about 370,000 Rohingya civilians from Myanmar poured into Bangladesh since August 25.


Approximately 370,000 Rohingya civilians have sought refuge in Bangladesh since the last week of August in an attempt to flee violence in Myanmar, UN Secretary-General's spokesman Stephane Dujarric said at a briefing on Tuesday.

"The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says an estimated 370,000 Rohingya refugees have fled into Bangladesh since 25 August," Dujarric said.

"Many of the new refugees are staying in makeshift settlements or with host communities... The government of Bangladesh has asked the UN to help establish a new camp to house the newly-arrived refugees."

Dujarric said the UN Refugee Agency chartered an airplane and delivered emergency aid to Bangladesh, including materials to create shelter and sleeping mats.

Myanmar's forces have been attacking Rohingya Muslims and torching their villages in Rakhine State since October 2016. The attacks have seen a sharp rise since August 25, following a number of armed attacks on police and military posts in the troubled western state.

The latest eruption of violence in Rakhine has killed more than 1,000 people, according to the UN.

International criticism of Myanmar's atrocities against Rohingya Muslims has been mounting, with protests around the world decrying the humanitarian crisis unfolding on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

13-09-2017 | 08:16

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