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6,700 Rohingya Muslims 'killed in a month'

6,700 Rohingya Muslims 'killed in a month'

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At least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed over the course of a month during a crackdown by Myanmar's security forces, according to a charity.Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres or MSF) says its survey of refugee camps in Bangladesh put the death toll at around 9,000 between 25 August and 24 September.It said 6,700 died as a result of the violence, adding that of those 730 were children under the age of five.Myanmar's army has claimed 400 have died since the start of the crisis.Image:Refugees wait for food at a camp in BangladeshMyanmar's Information Ministry said the majority of fatalities were "extremist terrorists" who died during "clearance operations".MSF medical director Sidney Wong said: "We met and spoke with survivors of violence in Myanmar, who are now sheltering i...
Ex-UN general: Rohingya crisis clearly genocide

Ex-UN general: Rohingya crisis clearly genocide

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A world authority on genocide has told Sky News what is happening to Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims is undoubtedly genocide and the international community must intervene to prevent it.As commander of UN peacekeeping forces in Rwanda in the early 1990s, Lieutenant General Romeo Dallaire warned that genocide was imminent but was ignored.As a veteran witness of the mass killings in Rwanda, he has been warning of mass murder being planned in Myanmar, and now for the first time has told the Sky News World View programme that genocide is underway.History, he says, is repeating itself.Image:Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees have fled persecution in MyanmarHe said: "It’s as if they wrote the same book that the hardliners did in Rwanda and how the international community is reacting is follow
Tillerson: Rohingya crisis 'just horrific'

Tillerson: Rohingya crisis 'just horrific'

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The US secretary of state has condemned "just horrific" scenes during a visit to Myanmar for talks with Aung Sang Suu Kyi. Speaking on Wednesday during a joint conference with the country's leader, he called for a impartial investigation into human rights abuses and for those who had committed them to be held accountable."We are deeply concerned by credible reports of widespread atrocities committed by Myanmar's security forces and by vigilantes who were unrestrained by the security forces," he said.But he said the US was evaluating whether to use the term "ethnic cleansing" over the crisis and regarded levying sanctions against the state as "not advisable" at this time."We want to see Myanmar succeed," he said. "I have a hard time seeing how that helps resolve the crisis."Video:Why has th...
'All hell breaks loose' in Rohingya camps

'All hell breaks loose' in Rohingya camps

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More than 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh following a two-week surge in violence in majority Buddhist Myanmar, formerly Burma.Aid officials said refugee camps in the neighbouring country were reaching capacity, as fleeing Rohingyas claimed security forces and Buddhist mobs in Rakhine state had attacked them and set fire to their homes.The violence began on 25 August, when an ethnic Rohingya insurgent group attacked police posts in Myanmar and security forces retaliated.The UN has condemned what it called a cruel military operation against the minority community and said it appeared to be a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".But the Myanmar government has dismissed the Rohingya claims, with leader Aung San Suu Kyi blaming fake news and a misinformation campaign.Foreign ...
Rohingya wait in no man's land amid landmine fears

Rohingya wait in no man's land amid landmine fears

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A small muddy creek separates the two neighbours. On one side Myanmar. On the other Bangladesh. Between the two is what is known as no man's land, a buffer zone. Caught inside are thousands of Rohingya refugees.Armed Bangladesh border guards regularly patrol the strip, trying to stem the exodus of refugees.Image:Guards are stopping the Rohingya from entering BangladeshImage:Only children are allowed to cross the creek in order to get clean drinking waterSmall children navigate through the murky brown water carrying heavy vessels of clean water. They are the only ones who are allowed to cross the boundary.Hussein Ahmed is given permission to wade across the stream to speak to us.He is a 39-year-old farmer. He looks 15-20 years older. Wiry framed and hollow-eyed. It is obvious that he has su...