UN asks for aid for thou­sands of Mus­lims flee­ing Myan­mar

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NEW YORK: The UN has ap­pealed for mas­sive help for nearly 400 000 Mus­lims from Myan­mar who have fled to Bangladesh, con­cerned that the num­ber could keep ris­ing un­less Myan­mar ends what some have de­scribed as eth­nic cleans­ing.

The mostly state­less Ro­hingya Mus­lims are flee­ing from a Myan­marese mil­i­tary of­fen­sive in the western state of Rakhine that be­gan af­ter a ser- ies of guer­rilla at­tacks on se­cu­rity posts and an army camp on Au­gust 25, in which about a dozen peo­ple were killed.

Myan­mar says the of­fen­sive is a le­git­i­mate op­er­a­tion against “ter­ror­ists” but UN sec­re­tary- gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res said it was best de­scribed as eth­nic cleans­ing. The cri­sis has raised ques­tions about Myan­mar’s tran­si­tion to civil­ian rule un­der Aung San Suu Kyi. – Reuters

PIC­TURE: REUTERS

Ro­hingya refugees af­ter cross­ing the Bangladesh-Myan­mar bor­der by boat yes­ter­day.

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