Rohingya refugees 'forcibly returned' to Myanmar

Casey Dawson
August 28, 2017

In a press release, the Rohingya body expressed deep concern and called on the global community for an "urgent appeal for protection and safety in Rakhine state".

Rohingya Muslims have been fleeing Myanmar to Bangladesh since the 1990s.

The death toll from the violence that had erupted on Friday has climbed to 98 which includes 98 insurgents and 12 security personnel.

He said the military attacks carried out by Myanmar troops were indiscriminate.

"One of them, aged 25, died hours after he was admitted here", the doctor said on condition of anonymity.

There is a sudden splurge in the number of Rohingyas fleeing to Bangladesh after the blood-shed in the Rakhine State of Myanmar continues, The Daily Star reported.

The government said it was investigating whether worldwide non-government organisation staff were involved when militants surrounded and blockaded a village in August.

Police intercepted a group of 70 Rohingya late Saturday after they crossed the "zero line" border zone, where Myanmar soldiers earlier fired mortars and machine guns at villagers making the risky dash from the northern state of Rakhine into Bangladesh.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), over the past years Myanmar military forces allegedly in connivance with extremist Buddhist groups have launched major crackdowns on Rohingya Muslims, driving over 74,000 refugees to seek shelter in Bangladesh by February this year.

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The pontiff said Sunday there was "sad news about the persecution of the religious minority of our Rohingya brothers".

But some 3,000 Rohingya have managed to enter the country and find refuge in camps and villages since Friday, AFP adds.

Each of us, no matter how small, "have become living stones of his love, and so we have a place and a mission in the Church", Francis said, explaining that "this is a community of life, made by many stones, all different, which form a single building in a sign of brotherhood and communion".

Additional forces have been deployed along the 271-km border with Myanmar to prevent fresh influx of Rohingyas, he said.

But a previously unknown militant group emerged as a force in October 2016 under the banner of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), which claims to be leading an insurgency based in the remote May Yu mountain range bordering Bangladesh.

"All of them were women and children".

Local people said almost 500 Rohingya who had been waiting on the zero line crossed into Bangladesh in the dead of night.

The government has denied numerous allegations leveled against the military - including those of human rights abuses - and says it's investigating others.

The group says it is fighting to protect the Rohingya from abuses by Myanmar security forces and the majority-Buddhist Rakhine community who they accuse of trying to push their roughly 1 million-strong community out.

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