Over 310000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh


The United Nations said more than 290,000 people crossed the border from Myanmar into Bangladesh over the last two weeks since an August 25 crackdown on the stateless ethnic minority after, the military says, Rohingya militants attacked police posts.

The continuing Myanmar military operation against the minority Rohingya people appears to be a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing", the United Nations human rights chief said Monday.

The diplomats praised Bangladesh for hosting Rohingyas for decades and giving the shelters to new arrivals, according to the foreign ministry statement.

Zeid said he was "further appalled" by reports that Myanmar authorities planting land mines along the border.

Ali said about 10,000 homes had been burned in Rakhine state, a figure that can not be verified as Myanmar has restricted independent access to the state.

The fighting has also pushed some 27,000 ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Hindus to flee their homes in northern Rakhine.

"ARSA strongly encourages all concerned humanitarian actors resume their humanitarian assistance to all victims of the humanitarian crisis, irrespective of ethnic or religious background during the ceasefire period", the group said in a statement.

Akdağ added that the humanitarian aid and services would be provided after agreements with the Bangladesh government.

Myanmar's de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who won a Nobel peace prize for championing democracy, has been accused of failing to speak out for the Rohingya - a minority that has long complained of persecution - in an attempt to appease the Buddhist majority.

In such a scenario, he also called on the OIC to hold an emergency session and Muslim countries to cut their diplomatic and trade ties with Myanmar to express their firm support for the oppressed and defenseless Rohingya Muslims.

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Global aid programmes in Rakhine have been severely curtailed, as the fighting tore through parts of the state.

The UN refugee agency UNHCR gave the latest figure of 294,000 for the new arrivals.

The UN has appealed for urgent donations of £58m to provide for the influx of Rohingya, which has put a "massive strain" on existing camps.

So far, an estimated 270,000 Rohingya refugees have fled from the violence affected Myanmar's Northern Rakhine state and sought refuge in Bangladesh where the limited shelter capacity is already exhausted, the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said on Friday.

The Red Cross in Bangladesh welcomed the ceasefire pledge as aid agencies struggle to meet the needs of an "overwhelming crisis", battling monsoon rains to deliver relief to people who have fled with few belongings. "They want shelter, they want a safe place", Misada Saif, Prevention and Communication Coordinator of the ICRC Bangladesh delegation, told AFP.

"I had only water for the last five days", she said, rocking on the spot in a yellow headscarf.

"We shut down the lights in the mosque and sneaked out", the mufti, who was in the mosque at the time, told Reuters by phone.

Better-known locally as Harakah al-Yaqin (Faith Movement), ARSA launched coordinated raids using hundreds of militants on August 25 on around 30 police posts and state offices in the north of Rakhine state.

More than 270,000 people have fled to Bangladesh in recent weeks, with more trapped on the border, amid reports of the burning of villages and extrajudicial killings. Hasina is scheduled visit Ukhia today and see for herself the plight of the Rohingyas.