Up to 100000 additional refugees waiting to flee Myanmar


The crisis began when a Rohingya insurgent group launched attacks with rifles and machetes on a series of security posts in Myanmar on August 25, prompting the military to launch a brutal round of "clearance operations" in response.

Islamist parties, including Hefazat, have staged several demonstrations over the issue in recent weeks and some firebrand leaders have called on the government to go to war with Myanmar to liberate Rakhine for the persecuted Rohingya.

Rohingya Muslim refugees walk toward refugee camps after crossing the border from Myanmar on the Bangladeshi shores of the Naf River in Teknaf, on October 5, 2017.

The UN has described the exodus as the world's fastest-developing refugee emergency, slamming Buddhist-majority Myanmar for engaging in ethnic cleansing against its Rohingya Muslim minority.

Myanmar's military have blamed the unrest on the Rohingya.

He said the United Nations had "substantial capacity" in Myanmar which it could quickly deploy to Rakhine upon getting clearance.

The team had also urged government investment in Rakhine infrastructure such as roads, electricity, water and internet access.

The OIC had made a stand that the refugees should be allowed to return safely to Myanmar and that Naypyidaw should take concrete measures to handle the deadly conflict which had occurred mainly in the Rakhine province which borders Bangladesh.

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With the number of refugees seeking shelter in Bangladesh exceeding 500,000, the Bangladesh government on Thursday declared its decision to identify the Rohingyas as "forcefully displaced Myanmar citizens".

The multilateral treaty under the United Nations defines who a refugee is, and sets out the rights of individuals granted asylum and the responsibilities of nations that provide asylum.

Health experts have also voiced alarm that conditions in the grossly deficient camps are ripe for disease outbreaks such as cholera.

It conveyed as much to New Delhi, which in fact led to modifications in India's stance including pressure on Myanmar to rein in the security forces, and humanitarian aid to Bangladesh.

The violence, backed by radical Buddhist monks, has left scores of Rohingya villages torched and completely destroyed.

Three groups of diplomats were taken to three different areas on Monday, said Ye Htut, district administrator of Maungdaw in Rakhine.

A previous controlled tour for diplomats scheduled for last week was abruptly canceled.

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