At Least 123000 Rohingya Have Fled Myanmar, UN Says

Turkish Presidential Spokesman İbrahim Kalın

Turkish Presidential Spokesman İbrahim Kalın

The Maldives says it is severing all economic ties with Myanmar until it stops violating the Rohingyas' human rights, while Pakistan's foreign ministry said it was "deeply concerned over reports of growing number of deaths and forced displacement of Rohingya Muslims".

"Security authorities need to immediately stop all forms of violence there and provide humanitarian assistance and development aid for the short and long term", Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said after meeting Suu Kyi and Myanmar Army chief Min Aung Hlaing on Monday.

Meanwhile, 14 civilians including seven Hindu people and five Daingnet ethnic people were also killed while fleeing the attacks.

Last week, United Kingdom foreign secretary Boris Johnson had also urged Suu Kyi to curb the violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

Education activist Malala Yousafzai has called on her fellow Nobel laureate Aug San Suu Kyi to condemn the "shameful" violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, saying the "world is waiting" for her to condemn the unrest. Bangladeshi border guards talked of fires all along the border targeting villages of Rohingya Muslims.

The Rakhine violence has killed at least 400 people, majority Rohingya insurgents, according to the Myanmar government, leading to the exodus of Rohingya to neighbouring Bangladesh that is struggling to cope with the influx.

Both outpourings were sparked by attacks by Rohingya militants on police posts which triggered a crackdown by the Burmese military.

The Nobel peace prize laureate is facing severe criticism over her government's treatment of about 1.1 million Rohingya, and over her silence in this regard. The refugees say that many young Rohingya men have stayed behind to fight.

Asif added that Pakistan has always supported oppressed Muslim populations, including those in Indian-occupied Kashmir and the Rohingya Muslims. The two ministers discussed the situation of the Rohingya Muslims, as around 100,000 of them have crossed into Bangladesh.

It has gradually escalated since 2011, hitting its first peak in 2012 when thousands of Muslim families sought asylum in the special refugee camps on the country's territory, or fled to Bangladesh.

Chechnya's leader Ramzan Kadyrov addressed the crowd, criticising the Russian government's lack of action on Burma to responses of "Allahu akbar", reported France 24.

"Most have walked for days from their villages - hiding in jungles, crossing mountains and rivers with what they could salvage from their homes", the agency said.

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