Dead in Ongoing Clashes in Myanmar's Rakhine State

A BGB personnel stands guard the Rohingya refugges in Ghumdhum in Naikhyangchhari upazila of Bandarban
A BGB personnel stands guard the Rohingya refugges in Ghumdhum in Naikhyangchhari upazila of Bandarban

29 August, 2017

The fighting - triggered by coordinated attacks on Friday by insurgents wielding sticks, knives and crude bombs on 30 police posts and an army base - has killed 104 people and led to the flight of large numbers of Muslim Rohingya and Buddhist civilians from the northern part of Rakhine state.

"Two of them have burn injuries while six have gunshot wounds".

Dhaka, Aug 28 Bangladesh today protested Myanmar's description of Rohingya militants as "Bengal terrorists" and said none of its citizens have crossed the border to carry out such activities.

Tens of thousands of Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh since the first outbreak of violence occurred in October 2016, in which militants killed nine policemen at the post bordering Rakhine.

Mohammad Ziabul, a 27-year-old farmer, fled for his life after Myanmar troops shot and killed his brother.

Lt. Col. Manzurul Hasan Khan of Border Guards Bangladesh said they cordoned off about 1,000 Rohingya after they attempted to enter Bangladesh.

Sectarian violence between the Rohingya and local Buddhist communities broke out in 2012, leaving more than 100 dead and the state segregated along religious lines.

Bangladeshi authorities would not confirm how many Rohingya had entered Bangladesh.

Bangladesh government sources say the unofficial policy is one of "closed doors, but open windows" - as there are many points along the more than 100km border which are easy to cross as they are not guarded.

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The government refuses to recognize Rohingya as a legitimate native ethnic minority, calling them Bengalis to reflect the position that they are mostly illegal immigrants from neighboring Bangladesh.

The Rohingya Muslim community are in dire need of the protections these instruments offer, now more than ever.

While Asean members continue, disappointingly, to turn a blind eye, even Pope Francis has condemned the renewed violence and called for an end to the persecution of Rohingya Muslims, which Centhra welcomes.

Bangladesh also pointed out that the terrorist attack and clashes occurred at a time when the Rakhine Advisory Commission, popularly known as Kofi Annan Commission, made recommendations towards durable solution for the Rakhine State.

According to the Rohingya residents of the Balukhali camp, Bangladesh law enforcers have threatened them not to provide shelter to any newcomers or else they would be "evicted, fined and deported".

Bangladesh border guards returned some people and cordoned some groups in areas inside the Bangladesh border, it said.

The death toll from ongoing clashes between Myanmar's troops and the so-called advocates of the persecuted Rohingya Muslims has reached almost 100, as thousands of desperate Muslims recently entered the neighboring Bangladesh, fleeing from intensified crackdown on the minority by Buddhist mobs and security forces over recent attacks on police outposts.

The UNHCR has seen at least 3,000 new arrivals to their official camps in the last 72 hours, UNHCR Bangladesh's Joseph Surjamoni said.

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