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After violence in Myanmar thousands flee to Bangladesh

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 | World News

According to UN data, at least 5200 people escaped to the neighboring country of Bangladesh after the new violence in the Rhakine disaster region in southeast Myanmar.

Thousands of members of the Muslim minority of Rohingya also stayed in the border area, a spokesman for the UN refugee aid agency (UNHCR) reported in Geneva. He appealed to Bangladesh to accept the people. Further refugees were to be expected.

After fighting, thousands fled Rohingya
The latest battles broke out after several attacks by Rohingya against police and military posts. At least 71 people were killed in the fighting.

The Rhakine region is largely sealed off by the military. The UNHCR appealed to the government of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to allow humanitarian aid. Suu Kyi is Foreign Minister, because the Constitution denies her the presidency, but de facto directs the government.

Many were denied citizenship
The more than a million Rohingya are considered as illegal immigrants in Buddhist Myanmar, although many came into the country in the early 19th century with the British colonialists. Most are denied citizenship. The majority of the Buddhist population supports this policy. There have been several unrest in recent years with dozens of deaths. Tens of thousands of Rohingya have been forced into internment camps since then.

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