Rohingya Militants Clash With Security Forces, Killing 71

Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan arrives to present the final report on Rakhine at Sule Shangri La Hotel in Yangon on August 24. Zarni Phyo  The Myanmar Times

The UP members and chairmen who were present at the meeting were given directives to follow government instructions so that not a single Rohingya can enter Bangladesh. We must not allow our work to be derailed by the violent actions of extremists. It was not immediately clear if there were any injuries. At least six guns were lost to them.

In Myanmar, Rohingyas have been discriminated against since before the country's independence from Britain in 1948. "They are frightened", Tun Aung Thein said. Two others are undergoing treatment at a charity-run hospital in Kutupalong Rohingya camp of Cox's Bazar district.

Myanmar denies the Muslim Rohingya citizenship, claiming they are immigrants from neighbouring Bangladesh, which also disowns them.

According to AlJazeera news, at least 77 Rohingya Muslims were killed in the clashes.

Many were left without shelter in a no man's land on the border, or were forced to return to their villages, putting them in the crossfire between militants and security forces.

Bloodshed continued on Saturday with residents fleeing remote villages to the town of Maungdaw, only to be greeted with more violence there.

"The alleged scale and gravity of these attacks mark a worrying escalation of violence", he added.

The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, a militant group, claimed responsibility for the attacks on Twitter.

Annan, a former secretary general of the #United Nations, said that he was "gravely concerned by, and strongly condemn, the recent attacks in Rakhine State." he also believes that failure to act quickly will risk further radicalisation and violence.

The Rohingya minority in Myanmar has faced persecution for many years.

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Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's de facto leader, "strongly condemned" Friday's "brutal attacks by terrorists on security forces in Rakhine state".

"About 500 Rohingya, mostly women and children, spent the last night in a marshy area waiting to cross over", said Khan.

The border guards intercepted and sent back the refugees through different points of the border river in the early hours, said Major Saiful Islam Jamaddar, deputy commander of Teknaf BGB battalion 2.

After the attacks, government forces evacuated several dozen government staffers and their families, as well as some 400 villagers from near the Nanthataung Philanthropic School, according to the State Counsellor Office Information Committee in Rangoon.

He, however, said the government is keeping humanitarian aspect of the situation in mind with due sincerity.

The meeting has made a decision to take stern action against those who will help Rohingyas enter Bangladesh.

Another injured, 10-year-old Md Idris, was admitted to Neurosurgery ward.

Bangladesh has been hosting up to 5,00,000 Rohingyas for three decades.

The military announced the casualties on August 25, saying the attacks took place overnight on police and border outposts.

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