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Nearly 90,000 Rohingya flee Myanmar violence in 10 days
09:55, 05 September 2017, 612
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AKIPRESS.COM - Nearly 90,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh in the last 10 days, uprooted by reported rapes, murders and acts of arson by the Myanmar army.

Vivian Tan, regional spokesperson for UNHCR, told Al Jazeera on Monday that women, children and the elderly made up the bulk of the 87,000 who had crossed into Bangladesh since violence erupted on August 25.

"We're seeing many pregnant women, new-born babies and the elderly make their way to relief camps on the Bangladeshi side of the border," she said. "Sadly we're also hearing from many of them that they haven't eaten in days."

Viewed by the UN and the US as one of the world's most persecuted minorities, thousands of Rohingya flee their homes every year in a desperate attempt to reach Bangladesh and other neighboring countries.

The latest mass exodus comes after suspected Rohingya fighters attacked police posts and an army base in the western region of Rakhine.

The Myanmar government has blamed the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) for the violence, but fleeing Rohingya civilians accused the Myanmar army of carrying out a campaign of arson and killings - aimed at forcing them out of the country.


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