10000-15000 Rohingyas flee to Bangladesh in 48 hours

10000-15000 Rohingyas flee to Bangladesh in 48 hours

Based on interviews with more than 120 fleeing Rohingya, Amnesty International said at least hundreds of people were killed by security forces who surrounded villages, shot fleeing inhabitants and then set buildings alight, burning to death the elderly, sick and disabled who were unable to flee.

More than half a million Rohingya minority Muslims have fled across the border to Bangladesh to escape what they say is brutal treatment at the hands of Myanmar's security forces.

According to the United Nations, more than 530,000 Rohingya have been forced to flee to Bangladesh since the offensive began. He said the USA has urged restraint by the military which launched its crackdown in response to attacks on security forces by Rohingya insurgents. "Rohingya children have already endured atrocities".

On Monday, the European Union announced it was reviewing military cooperation with Myanmar, as the bloc called on Myanmar to bring to justice the perpetrators of crimes against the Rohingya.

"We're extraordinarily concerned by what is happening with Rohingya in Burma", Tillerson said.

The video showed thousands upon thousands of Rohingya trudging along a narrow strip of land alongside what appears to be a rain-swollen creek in the Palong Khali area in southern Bangladesh.

An Associated Press photographer saw thousands of newcomers stretching for several kilometres near one border crossing Tuesday. "Others said they didn't know what happened to their parents, and they came to Bangladesh with relatives".

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But authorities in southeastern Bangladesh, which has borne the brunt of the world's fastest-growing refugee crisis, said many more new arrivals - about 40,000 refugees - had crossed over from Myanmar within the past 72 hours.

Almost 60 per cent of the refugees are children.

UNICEF spokesperson Marixie Mercado told reporters in Geneva that nearly 60 per cent of the refugees who have fled Myanmar since August 25 are children.

On Aug. 25, a Rohingya insurgent group known as the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army attacked at least 30 security posts on Aug. 25, causing dozens of casualties, according to Myanmar authorities.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein has called the situation "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing", but he has not used the word genocide.

Myanmar denies citizenship to the Rohingyas, considering them illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, and imposes multiple restrictions on them, including restrictions on their movement.

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