United Nations says 389000 Rohingyas have fled

Ahmed Ullah is a Rohingya refugee who lives in Kitchener

Myanmar says refugees can return if they are citizens, but most Rohingya are stateless despite having lived in Myanmar for generations.

"Bangladesh strongly protested the instances of violation of her air space by Myanmar military drones and helicopter on 10, 12 and 14 September 2017", the ministry said in a statement.

But since winning the general election in 2015, many have criticized Aung San Suu Kyi for doing little to quiet the ethnic rivalries within Myanmar.

He says combined with the Rohingyas who fled during the last round of violence in Rakhine state last October "it's estimated that some 40 per cent of the total Rohingya population have now fled into Bangladesh".

"I call on the Myanmar authorities to suspend military action, end the violence, uphold the rule of law, and recognise the right of return of all those who had to leave the country", UN Secretary-General Guterres told reporters at the UN headquarters in NY.

The U.N. children's agency is estimating that 240,000 children have fled Myanmar's Rakhine state into neighboring Bangladesh over the last three weeks.

"News about what is happening to the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar is just the tip of the iceberg", Wael al-Zerd of Gaza City's Palestine Mosque, said.

The British Ambassador to the U.N. Matthew Rycroft said it was the first statement from the Security Council on Myanmar in nine years. "I urge all countries to do what they can for humanitarian assistance to be provided", he said.

According to the spokesman, Hasina, on the other hand, said Bangladesh was forced to offer refuge to the refugees on humanitarian ground as they fled their home at Myanmar's western Rakhine state to evade atrocities.

The government, which has come under intense global pressure over its brutal crackdown, claims 432 people have been killed in the military offensive, but the United Nations and rights groups have give much higher figures.

Critics have called for her to be stripped of her Nobel Peace Prize for failing to do more to halt the strife.

The violence in Rakhine and the exodus of refugees is the most pressing problem Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has faced since becoming national leader past year.

Rohingya militants killed 12 security personnel at a police post in late August; the government's response has been a brutal scorched earth campaign, burning villages and attacking civilians, while denying human rights organizations access to the region.

Top UN officials have previously expressed concerns about possible "ethnic cleansing" perpetrated against the Rohingya.



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