Myanmar Rohingyas Die Attempting to Flee Violence By Boat

Myanmar Rohingyas Die Attempting to Flee Violence By Boat

Their reports quote Hindu residents of the area as saying the killings took place on or around August 25, when "300 ARSA extremist Bengali terrorists holding small arms, sticks, swords, and lances...arrested around 100 men and women".

"The government-organized visit was postponed to next week because of weather conditions", a spokesman for the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Myanmar said, without giving further details.

Myanmar authorities ordered a crack-down which led to over 415,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh.

But foreign aid agencies are receiving hostility across Myanmar - and inside Rakhine in particular - accused by many in the Buddhist-majority country of harbouring a pro-Rohingya bias.

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United Nations aid personnel were forced to leave Rakhine when the military began a crackdown on Rohingya militants behind attacks on security personnel.

An eminent Hindu group in the U.S. has expressed concern over reports that a mass grave containing the bodies of 28 Hindu villagers has been discovered in conflict-wreaked Myanmar's Rakhine state.

Assessing the situation on the ground in Rakhine is hard because access is tightly controlled.

"We urge the government and authorities of Myanmar to ensure that all people in need in Rakhine Sate have full, free and unimpeded access to life-saving humanitarian assistance".

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Worldwide aid groups fear tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who remain in northern parts of Rakhine are in urgent need of food, medicine and shelter after over a month of military operations.

The Rohingya, a mostly Muslim minority, are denied citizenship by Myanmar, which says they are illegal immigrants.

The Council is holding a public session on the situation in Myanmar on Thursday, when Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will brief members on the current crisis in Rakhine state.

Myanmar's de facto leader has faced strong global criticism for her government's handling of the crisis.

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The British Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific, Mark Field, described the situation as "an unacceptable tragedy" after visiting Myanmar and meeting leaders including Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.