Thousands of Rohingya Muslims flee Burma
About 18,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled fresh violence in Burma and crossed into Bangladesh, with hundreds stranded in no man’s land at the border, according to the International Organisation for Migration.
IOM spokeswoman Sanjukta Sahany released the latest figures as human rights groups and advocates for the Rohingya said the Burmese army was retaliating for attacks by Rohingya militants by burning villages and shooting civilians.
The Burmese government blames Rohingya insurgents for the violence, including the arson. The official death toll in the violence was 96 as of Sunday, but the true number is likely to be higher.