Thou­sands of Ro­hingya Mus­lims flee Burma

The Scotsman - - World News - By MAR­GARET NEIGH­BOUR

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.

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