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UN sees 'ethnic cleansing' in Myanmar
World | politics | 09:08, 12 September 2017 | 674

AKIPRESS.COM - The security operation targeting Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar "seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing", the UN human rights chief says.

Zeid Raad Al Hussein urged Myanmar to end the "cruel military operation" in Rakhine state, BBC reported.

More than 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since violence erupted there late last month.

The military says it is responding to attacks by Rohingya militants and denies it is targeting civilians.

The violence began on 25 August when the Rohingya militants attacked police posts in northern Rakhine, killing 12 security personnel.

Rohingyas who have fled Myanmar since then say the military responded with a brutal campaign, burning villages and attacking civilians in a bid to drive them out.

The Rohingya, a stateless mostly Muslim minority in Buddhist-majority Rakhine, have long experienced persecution in Myanmar, which says they are illegal immigrants.

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