United Nations chief urges restraint by Myanmar forces in Rakhine

An official from the International Organisation for Migration told reporters at least 18,500 Rohingya refugees have crossed the border in the past six days, joining the almost 400,000 Rohingya already housed in squalid camps in Bangladesh.

The latest clashes and ensuing army crackdown have killed about 370 Rohingya insurgents, but also 13 security forces, two government officials and 14 civilians, the Myanmar military said on Thursday.

The United Nations, while condemning the attacks, pressured Myanmar to protect civilian lives without discrimination and appealed to Bangladesh to let those fleeing the military counteroffensive through.

"This can not lead to a repeat of last year's vicious military reprisals responding to a similar attack, when security forces tortured, killed and raped Rohingya people and burned down whole villages", the Amnesty International warned in its statement last week.

He said he was preparing to flee.

Mohammad Omar used to cross the border into Bangladesh to sell cigarettes but these days he has a different agenda - restocking supplies for the fledgling Rohingya militia fighting Myanmar's security forces.

Graphic eyewitness footage has emerged of Rohingya Muslims allegedly killed while fleeing state violence in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state.

Rohingya Muslim refugees have taken shelter in India, and a large number in Bangladesh, to escape persecution against them by Myanmar authorities.

In ARSA's first known operation, on October 9, 2016, hundreds of Rohingya men armed with knives, slingshots and rifles attacked three separate police posts in Rakhine state, killing nine officers.

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He and thousands of terrified villagers gathered at the Kyee Hnoke Thee village at the foot of the Mayu mountain range.

Much of the state's willingness to commit violence comes from its outright refusal to recognize the Rohingya as citizens of the Burmese state, a refusal that is enshrined in the 1982 Citizenship Law that does not extend citizenship to the Rohingya despite their deep roots in the country.

"I am waiting for all of my relatives to leave together with my family as soon as possible", said Abdullah.

Bangladesh already hosts 400,000 Rohingya and does not want more.

The Supreme Court today agreed to hear on Monday a plea challenging the decision to deport Rohingya immigrants back to Myanmar on various grounds including alleged violation of global human rights conventions.

BGB has set up a medical camp for the several thousand Rohingyas now stranded in no man's land along the Naikhyangchhari border and waiting to enter Bangladesh.

Thousands of Rohingyas have sought to flee the fighting to Bangladesh, with almost 30,000 crossing over. The UN estimates that as many as 27,000 Rohingya have arrived in the country in the past seven days.

The UN Security Council met behind closed doors on Wednesday to discuss the violence but there was no formal statement on the crisis.

It is the first time in Rakhine's bitter and bloody five-year crisis that Hindus have fled the country - a sign violence is billowing out.

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