Myanmar police: 28 Hindus slain by Muslim group

Phillip Cunningham
September 27, 2017

Mr Grandi was speaking while touring refugee camps at Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.

Myanmar's military has blamed Rohingya militants for the deaths of 28 Hindu villagers in the conflict-torn part of northern Rakhine State.

Last week, India's government said it had evidence showing that some Rohingya in the country have ties to "terror organisations" and pose a security threat that justifies a mass deportation of the approximately 40,000 Rohingya.

New satellite images and videos from Myanmar's Rakhine state show smoke rising from Rohingya Muslim villages, contradicting State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi's claims that military operations there have ended, according to Amnesty International.

The United Nations has called for "massive worldwide assistance" to aid with the ongoing Rohingya influx in Bangladesh.

Filippo Grandi told reporters in the Bangladeshi town of Cox's Bazar that the needs of the more than 430,000 people who have fled awful violence in Myanmar over the last month are enormous and that the global community must step up financial and material aid to Bangladesh if the South Asian nation is to be able to help the refugees.

Refusing to comment on India's stand on the issue, the official said his government's intelligence sources have so far not come across terrorist link of Rohingya refugees.

"We will do everything to prevent ethnic cleansing and genocide", the diplomat said.

The army says it is targeting Rohingya militants who attacked police posts on August 25.

Since August 24, an estimated 400,600 Rohingya have fled Myanmar and taken shelter in Bangladesh after a military crackdown, which the United Nations has condemned as "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

Burma objects to the term Rohingya, saying the Muslims of Arakan State are not a distinct ethnic group.

Around 429,000 Rohingya have fled Burma, where many of their families lived for generations.

But a BBC reporter has spoken to Hindus who fled from Rakhine to Bangladesh and said they were threatened and attacked by Arsa. Erdoğan also stated that Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, one of his deputies, and the environment and urbanization minister would be visiting Bangladesh soon in order to examine camps set up for Rohingya Muslims there.

"It is observed by the Central Government that some Rohingyas are indulging in illegal/anti-national activities i, e., mobilization of funds through hundi/hawala channels, procuring fake/fabricated Indian identity documents for other Rohingyas and also indulging in human trafficking", the affidavit reads.

But until then, the world had to help the "deeply traumatised" refugees facing enormous hardship, whom he had met on a weekend visit to camps in south-east Bangladesh.

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