Rescuers retrieve bodies of 19 Rohingya refugees from Naf River

44 Rohingya protestors nabbed over illegal rally

The International Organization for Migration estimates that in under a week, 18,500 minority Rohingya Muslims have fled violence in Myanmar into neighboring Bangladesh. Meanwhile, over 4,000 predominantly Buddhist villagers have been evacuated, and 27,500 Rohingya have poured over the border into Bangladesh.

"As Burmese security forces act to prevent further violence", Haley said, "they have a responsibility to adhere to worldwide humanitarian law, which includes refraining from attacking innocent civilians and humanitarian workers and ensuring assistance reaches those in need".

Myanmar's Information Ministry said yesterday that 45 improvised explosive devices were detonated and seven Rohingya villages were burned to the ground.

The Rohingya are denied citizenship in Myanmar and regarded as illegal immigrants, despite claiming roots that date back centuries.

Myanmar nationalists use the term Bengali for Rohingya because of a belief they migrated illegally from Bangladesh, even though many families have been in Myanmar for generations. Bangladeshi authorities have taken a hard line with Rohingya refugees, attempting to limit their numbers in their country.

Bangladesh is already home to an estimated 400,000 Rohingya, a mainly Muslim stateless minority. "We will make more arrest on the protesters as we investigate the incident", he said.

The bodies were recovered Wednesday morning. The bodies of two Rohingya women and two children washed up on Bangladeshi soil on Wednesday, an official said, drowned after their rickety boat capsized. Many of the Muslims have lost their lives while tens of thousands have been displaced as a result of attacks by Buddhists. Police have not been able to confirm the cause of death, he said.

"Villagers are running away. where do we have to live now?" the villager said.

That prompted a months-long security crackdown by Myanmar's army which left scores dead and forced 87,000 people to flee to Bangladesh.

"Aung San Suu Kyi has been putting out statements (which are) consistently disturbing, and her office is generating anti-Rohingya, anti-aid worker propaganda, fueling tensions in the country", Matthew Smith, co-founder of human rights group Fortify Rights, told CNN this week. He said that border guards provided them with food and medicine before pushing them back, but it was not clear what happened to them later.



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