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In Myanmar : US warns against civilian attacks as 17 drown fleeing violence

In Myanmar : US warns against civilian attacks as 17 drown fleeing violence

According to information from the border forces of Bangladesh, the bodies of 15 children and 11 women were found.

Besides, BGB men retrieved another body from the Naf river in Shahparir Dwip area, said the OC adding the victim might have died when a boat, carrying Rohingays, capsized in the river early Wednesday.

Marma told Xinhua that a search operation was still underway for the missing people.

Myanmar's military said Friday that nearly 400 people died in recent violence in the western state of Rakhine triggered by attacks on security forces by insurgents from the Rohingya ethnic minority.

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist government said last month it was going to expel all Rohingya, even those registered with the United Nations refugee agency, drawing criticism from aid groups and some politicians.

The Supreme Court is likely to hear on Monday (September 4) a plea seeking to restrain the government from deporting 40,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees back to Myanmar.

Tragically, at least 26 people have so far drowned in an attempt to flee the violence.

His account could not be verified by AFP, but offers an insight into the cat-and-mouse game between militants and security forces being played out in remote hamlets, fields and forest hideouts in Myanmar's westernmost Rakhine state.

Successive governments in the predominantly Buddhist country have denied the Rohingya basic rights and citizenship, deeming a lot of them to be foreign invaders from Bangladesh, even though Rohingya have lived in Myanmar, also known as Burma, for generations.

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Almost 30,000 more Rohingyas have made the perilous crossing by boat or on foot into Bangladesh, while 20,000 more are stuck in no man's land at the border. In mid-August, after an attack attributed to the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army killed 10 policemen, the Myanmar Army has launched a new crackdown in Rakhine.

Over 400,000 Rohingya refugees are already living in overcrowded, squalid camps and makeshift settlements in Bangladesh's southern district of Cox's Bazar.

From Bangladesh, many Rohingya have crossed a porous border into Hindu-majority India, where they are starting to get vilified by some right-wing groups.

The United States on Thursday urged the military to protect civilians, while Yanghee Lee, the UN s special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, expressed fears that "grave violations" could take place.

"Lot of countries are impacted. but ultimately it's for the government of Myanmar to address the situation", she said.

The latest death toll was posted in a statement on Friday on the Facebook page of the country's military commander, Min Aung Hlaing.

Thousands of Rohingya are fleeing to Bangladesh.

An AFP reporter on a government-led trip to Maungdaw this week saw columns of smoke rising from several burning villages, while terrified Buddhist and Hindu civilians huddled in schools in the main town.


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