Rohingya crisis deepens as 50000 flee

Rohingya crisis deepens as 50000 flee

It is the bloodiest chapter yet in a bitter five-year crisis that has torn apart Rakhine state along ethnic and religious lines, displaced the Rohingya in huge numbers and heaped global condemnation on Myanmar's army and the government of Aung San Suu Kyi.

The plight of the ethnic minority group has drawn worldwide criticism, most notably for national leader and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

The plight of the Rohingya made global headlines in 2015 when thousands of Rohingya were left stranded on boats in southeast Asia with no food or water because no country was willing to welcome them.

Thousands of ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and other local ethnic groups have also been displaced - the apparent targets of militants who are fighting under the banner of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA).

Graphic eyewitness footage has emerged of Rohingya Muslims allegedly killed while fleeing state violence in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state. The Rohingya people, who have been condemned to statelessness, now have nowhere to take refuge as the military mounts a relentless attack against them.

Sham Shu Hoque, 34, crossed the border with 17 family members.

An aid worker with an global agency in Bangladesh reports: "What we're seeing is that many Rohingya people are sick".

Bangladeshi authorities have been stopping Rohingyas from entering the country since last week. "It's mostly women and children".

Between 300,000 and 500,000 Rohingyas live in Bangladesh but only about 32,000 of them have refugee status and live in camps in the Cox's Bazar district.

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Bangladesh already hosts 400,000 Rohingya and does not want more.

Speaking to media in Istanbul on Friday at the first day of the Eid al-Adha, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stated that hundreds of Rohinghya Muslims were killed, their villages were burnt and 20,000 stranded people have been crossing into Bangladesh by leaving their homes behind.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees called on Bangladesh to open its borders to the Rohingyas to enable a humanitarian corridor. "The Secretary-General underlines the responsibility of the government of Myanmar to provide security and assistance to all those in need".

Omar said 64 young Rohingya men had enlisted in his unit over a two-day period, walking from squalid camps in Bangladesh to join the fight.

"Some new arrivals have clothes with them, some even have kitchen utensils, but most leave everything behind".

"I am also going to speak to Kofi Annan, special envoy of the United Nations, today", he told reporters in southern province of Antalya.

Reports streaming from the area suggest the military has torched over 10 Rohingya settlements in the crisis-stricken Rakhine State.

Kiren Rijiju, India's union minister of state for home affairs, recently told parliament that the central government had asked the states to identify Rohingya Muslims living illegally and initiate deportation processes. They are often subjected to violence.

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