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Villagers, aid workers flee violence in northwest Myanmar

Displaced Rakhine ethnic people from Maungdaw township arrive at the Sittwe port Sittwe Rakhine State western Myanmar on Saturday Displaced Rakhine ethnic people from Maungdaw township arrive at the Sittwe port Sittwe Rakhine State western Myanmar on Saturday
Parmenio Sano | 28 Agosto, 2017, 13:42

Bangladesh has detained and forcibly returned at least 90 Muslim Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar, as thousands of civilians from the ethnic minority area, on the other side of the border, attempt to escape from continuing violence that has killed scores of people.

Attacks by militants on police posts in Myanmar's Rakhine state have left 71 people, including 12 security personnel, dead, the authorities say.

This is the most significant outbreak of violence in Rakhine since October 2016, when nine policemen died in similar attacks on border posts.

But advocates for the minority Rohingya community have told Al Jazeera that the casualties are much higher.

In 2014, a rampaging mob attacked the bases of worldwide NGOs in the town after growing tensions erupted when an global worker was accused of disrespecting a Buddhist flag.

"As Myanmar refuses to acknowledge Rohingya Muslims as citizens, it becomes impossible for the Indian government to deport them there, making the advisory infructuous", Dhanuka said.

In particular, fleeing the clashes, thousands of residents of Raging, mostly women and children, tried to cross the river NAF, which separates Myanmar and Bangladesh the land border.

On Monday, Bangladesh border guards shouted "move, move" to push back refugees stranded in no man's land near the Bangladeshi village of Gumdhum. It's the closest refugee camp to Myanmar and a common staging post for those who have fled.

Bangladesh's foreign ministry summoned Myanmar's charge d'affaires and expressed "serious concern" at the possibility of a large-scale influx of Rohingya following the latest violence.


"Her office is generating anti-Rohingya, anti-aid worker propaganda (and) fueling tensions in the country". Bangladeshi villagers said they could see military helicopters hovering in the Myanmar sky.

Friday some 2,000 refugees were able to cross into Bangladesh and are living in temporary camps.

"We, the undersigned Rohingya organizations and communities worldwide are deeply concerned with the recent developments following clashes in northern Rakhine State, Myanmar on August 25, 2017", the group said on Sunday.

Displaced Rakhine people from Maungdaw township of the Rakhine state arrive at the Sittwe port in western Myanmar on Saturday.

The government urged Rohingya civilians to cooperate with security forces, assuring those with without ties to the insurgents they would not be affected.

An insurgent group known as the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, formerly known as Harakat al-Yaqeen - or "Faith Movement" - claimed responsibility on Twitter for the attack. It was also behind the violence in October. Myanmar on Friday declared the group a terrorist organisation.

The minister also told the new agency that they are arranging facilities for non-Muslims in places including Buddhist monasteries, government offices and local police stations in major cities.

Many were arming themselves with knives and sticks for fear of insurgent attacks.

Indeed, such an amendment would harmonise and further the commitment made by member states to uphold not only the Asean Human Rights Declaration agreed in 2012, but also other applicable worldwide human rights instruments, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948, Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam 1990, Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees 1951, Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons 1954, as well as the Geneva Conventions 1949, which protect civilians and refugees fleeing state-sponsored violence. "I haven't slept well at night".

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