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The United Nations on Friday said 270,000 Rohingya Muslims have left Burma, also known as Myanmar, and crossed into Bangladesh following conflicts that began two weeks ago. The numbers continue to rise as aid workers discover more refugee settlements, according to UN Refugee Agency spokeswoman Vivian Tan. “This is an alarming number,” Tan said. “The existing camps are full to the capacity.” The unrest began on Aug. 25 when Rohingya militants attacked Myanmar security bases in Rakhine state after accusing them of assaulting their ethnic group.

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Conflict in Burma escalates as UN pleads for peace

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/06/17, 12:33 pm

The Myanmar government’s top security adviser on Wednesday accused Rohingya Muslim militants of trying to carve out a separate state from the country also known as Burma and said armed forces were responding with maximum restraint. At a news conference in Naypyitaw, Thaung Tun said the armed forces were making every effort to avoid harming innocent civilians. The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army on Aug. 25 attacked Myanmar security bases in Rakhine state after accusing them of assaulting their ethnic group. Rohingya Muslims have no legal status or citizenship rights in Burma.

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Ethnic violence in Burma triggers refugee crisis

International | International groups call on the Myanmar government to curtail the violence
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/05/17, 04:06 pm

Aid workers in Bangladesh said refugee camps were reaching their capacity as some 123,000 Rohingya Muslims fled into the country from Burma, also known as Myanmar, following nearly two weeks of deadly violence. International activists and aid groups are calling on the Myanmar leader to intervene in the growing unrest.

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