No Rohingya will be allowed to enter Bangladesh

BREAKING: Twelve dead after Muslim militants storm police posts
At least 5 police killed after Muslim insurgents storm 24 police posts & army base in Myanmar
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27 August, 2017

Turkey on Saturday said the situation in western Myanmar's Rakhine state can not be solved through violence as it condemned Friday's deadly attacks on border posts which left at least 89 people killed.

On Saturday an AFP news agency reporter at Bangladesh's Ghumdhum border post counted more than a dozen mortar shells and countless machine gun rounds fired by Myanmar security forces in nearby hills onto a large group of Rohingya desperately trying to cross.

A government statement said that "extremist Bengali insurgents attacked a police station in Maungdaw region in northern Rakhine state with a handmade bomb explosive and held co-ordinated attacks on several police posts at 01:00".

Muslim-majority northern Rakhine was plunged into violence last October when Rohingya militants killed nine border police officers, sparking a security operation beset by allegations of rape, killings and torture by government troops.

The commission published its final report on the day of the attacks, recommending the government act quickly to improve economic development and social justice in Rakhine state to resolve violence between Buddhists and the Rohingya.

It was the worst outbreak of violence for months in the coastal state plagued by religious tensions, and followed the release of the commission's report.

The resident coordinator of the United Nations in Myanmar condemned the attacks and called on all parties to refrain from violence.

Twelve members of the security forces were killed in the attacks, along side 77 Rohingya Muslims, who the government alleges were all fighters.

Zaman said that thousands of unarmed civilians including women, children and elderly people from the Rakhine State had assembled close to the border and were making attempts to enter Bangladesh. "We have a zero tolerance policy - no one will be allowed", Hossain said.

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The attack continued till noon and about 15 bodies of the terrorists have been seized so far.

The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic minority of Myanmar who live in the western state of Rakhine.

Chris Lewa, director of the Arakan Project, a human rights organisation, said people were very frightened and expecting "extreme reprisals" by the authorities against Rohingya civilians. An estimated 87,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar to Bangladesh since late previous year.

The term "Bengali" is used to imply that Myanmar's Rohingya are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

The CHRI, in its statement, said the government's advisory on Rohingya Muslims "runs contrary" to India's constitutional and global commitments.

An emergency ward doctor said two Rohingya men who had been shot in Myanmar entered Bangladesh and were taken to a hospital.

The government said militants also tried to break into the base of the 552nd Light Infantry Battalion at around 3.00 a.m. local time (2030GMT).

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