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02 September 2017, 12:47 | Simon Arnold
Rohingya crisis: Situation worsens in Myanmar as 18000 Muslims flee in 5 days
United Nations sources have said around 20,000 more Rohingya trying to flee are stuck at the border, as aid workers in Bangladesh struggle to alleviate the sufferings of a sudden influx of thousands of hungry and traumatised people. "When huge waves tilted the boat, we panicked", Shah Karim said.
Last week, Rohingya insurgents attacked at least two dozen police posts in Burma'sRakhine state, triggering fighting with security forces that left more than 100 people dead and forced at least 18,000 Rohingya to flee into neighboring Bangladesh.
With this, the death toll from Rohingya boat capsize reaches to 23 as four more drowned in another boat capsize in the Naf river Tuesday night.
India's supreme court has agreed to hear a petition challenging the government's decision to deport all of the estimated 40,000 Rohingya Muslims living in the country after fleeing persecution in Myanmar, a lawyer involved in the case said on Friday.
According to new official figures, about 400 people have died in Rakhine State since last Friday.
Some Rohingya people with bullet and burn injuries have been admitted to different hospitals in the last three days.
Bangladesh already hosts 400,000 Rohingya and does not want more.
"The Burmese government has repeatedly shown that it has neither the interest nor the skill to credibly and impartially investigate abuses in Rakhine State", said Phil Robertson, deputy director of HRW's Asia division. The situation in the region sharply sharpened on August 25, when hundreds of militants from the Arukan army for solidarity Rohingya, which the authorities consider to be a terrorist organization, carried out attacks on 30 police stations.
The United States on Thursday urged Myanmar's military to protect civilians, while Yanghee Lee, the UN's special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, expressed fears that "grave violations" could take place.
"If human rights concerns are not properly addressed, and if people remain politically and economically marginalized, then northern Rakhine may provide fertile ground for radicalization, with people becoming increasingly vulnerable to recruitment by extremists", she said.
"On the other side, another harsh military response and the continued displacement of scores of thousands to camps in Bangladesh will create conditions ripe for exploitation by transnational jihadists".
"We did not push them back, rather we told them. you should go back to your territory", added Khan, who said there was a "humanitarian crisis" developing along the border.
An AFP reporter on a government-led trip to Maungdaw this week saw columns of smoke rising from several burning villages, while terrified Buddhist and Hindu civilians huddled in schools in the main town.
The UN Security Council met behind closed doors on Wednesday to discuss the violence but there was no formal statement on the crisis.
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