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Rohingya crisis: Situation worsens in Myanmar as 18000 Muslims flee in 5 days
As the world continues to watch on in silence, the latest official statistics place the number of the murdered at around 400.
In October, a similar series of insurgent attacks on police posts in Myanmar prompted a brutal military response that resulted in human rights abuse allegations.
The plea filed by two Rohingya immigrants that they were facing persecution in Myanmar and that the decision to send them back was in violation of various worldwide conventions.
Most Rohingya are denied citizenship and other rights the country's Buddhist majority enjoy, living in abject poverty with little access to aid. A United Nations report in February said the military crackdown on the Rohingya had led to gang rape, the killing of hundreds of civilians and the forced displacement of as many as 90,000 people.
"We have machetes, knives, sticks and some land mines in our possession", Omar said, adding they received a little food from villages sympathetic to their cause.
Much of the state's willingness to commit violence comes from its outright refusal to recognize the Rohingya as citizens of the Burmese state, a refusal that is enshrined in the 1982 Citizenship Law that does not extend citizenship to the Rohingya despite their deep roots in the country.
It had directed the state governments to set up a task force at district level to identify and deport illegally- staying foreign nationals.
Just last week, a commission led by former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan filed a report urging the Burmese government to restore citizenship rights to the Rohingya, which were stripped by the military regime in 1982. Rohingya activists like Ro Nay San Lwin fear the actions of ARSA have given the military an excuse to "indiscriminately kill", as it has done previously. "It's mostly women and children". "They are indiscriminately killing".
"Four of the terrorists were arrested, including one 13-year-old boy", it said, adding that security forces had arrested two more men near a police outpost on suspicion of involvement in the attacks.
"Until August 30, a large number of terrorists carried out 52 waves of attacks on security forces.in those attacks, 370 bodies of terrorists were found and nine others captured alive", a statement posted on Facebook said. Suu Kyi, celebrated for her role in fighting for democratic rights in Burma, has remained conspicuously insensitive to Rohingya grievances. They need to seek official permission to marry or even travel outside their villages. Indian government has said that it will attempt to return the 40,000 Rohingya in the country.
"The situation is very terrifying, houses are burning, all the people ran away from their homes, parents and children were divided, some were lost, some are dead", Abdullah, 25, a Rohingya from Mee Chaung Zay village in Buthidaung region told Reuters by telephone, struggling to hold back his tears.
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