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Half a million displaced in 'critical humanitarian crisis' in Myanmar

Half a million displaced in 'critical humanitarian crisis' in Myanmar

Either way, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told a special meeting of the Security Council in September the crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh was spiraling into "a humanitarian and human rights nightmare".

The crisis began when a Rohingya insurgent group launched attacks with rifles and machetes on a series of security posts in Myanmar on August 25, prompting the military to launch a brutal round of "clearance operations" in response.

Bangladesh still plans to expand a massive settlement in the south to accommodate almost the 900,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees that have streamed into the country from Myanmar.

Over the past weeks, almost 510,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees have crossed Myanmar's borders into Bangladesh, where they are staying at refugee camps in the Cox's Bazar border district.

Rights groups say the real death toll is likely to be much higher, especially among the Rohingya, while the United Nations has labelled army operations as "ethnic cleansing" against the group.

Myanmar's military have blamed the unrest on the Rohingya. The government, however, blames the Rohingya for the violence, claiming the Muslims set fire to their own homes.

The Rohingya, a stateless mostly Muslim ethnic minority, have long faced persecution in Rakhine in northern Myanmar (Burma).

IMO said it appealed this week to nations for 120 million dollars through March to provide desperately needed aid to the Rohingya refugees who have flooded into Cox's Bazar over the past six weeks.

Up to 15,000 people joined the demonstrations in Bangladesh's second largest city, police said, organised by hardline Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam to protest against the killings of the Rohingya.

The stress on Bangladesh has been increasing as the inflow of refugees continues even after nearly more than 40 days after the first instance of violence on 25 August.

Health experts have also voiced alarm that conditions in the grossly deficient camps are ripe for disease outbreaks such as cholera.

USA lawmakers are calling for "full access" by journalists and aid workers to Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state.

The violence, backed by radical Buddhist monks, has left scores of Rohingya villages torched and completely destroyed.

Hindus and ethnic Rakhine were also among the dead - allegedly killed by Rohingya militants.

A previous controlled tour for diplomats scheduled for last week was abruptly canceled.


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