'Textbook ethnic cleansing' in Myanmar

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'Textbook ethnic cleansing' in Myanmar

The violent attacks allegedly by Myanmarese armymen have led to an exodus of Rohingya tribals from the western Rakhine state in that country to India and Bangladesh. Many people in Buddhist-majority Myanmar use the name Bengali for Rohingya Muslims, saying they migrated illegally from neighboring Bangladesh, even though many Rohingya families have lived in Myanmar for generations.

They raised slogans besides burning effigies of Myanmar s state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.

-The United Nations' top human rights official on Monday slammed Myanmar for conducting a "cruel military operation" against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state, branding it "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

Rohingya refugees try to get a mosquito net and a bowl as a relief from an organisation in the streets of Teknaf, Bangladesh, 10 September 2017.

She has repeatedly denied accusations of human rights abuses against the Rohingya, and in April denied to the BBC that ethnic cleansing was taking place.

Rights monitors and fleeing Rohingya say the army and Rakhine Buddhist vigilantes have mounted a campaign of arson aimed at driving out the Muslim population.

"I appeal to you and your fellow leaders to reach out to all sections of society to try to restore friendly relations throughout the population in a spirit of peace and reconciliation".

The plight of the Rohingya minority in Myanmar, where almost 300,000 have fled their homes from what they say are state-orchestrated mass killings into neighbouring Bangladesh, has seen Russia's Muslims stage several protests, particularly after a call by Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov.

The true figure could be even higher - the United Nations said many new arrivals are still on the move and are therefore left out of the calculations.

The State Department is working with global partners, including the Office of the United Nations' refugee agency, the worldwide Committee of the Red Cross and the global Organization for Migration, to provide emergency assistance for the displaced, the statement said.

Safura Khatun, 60, was among the hundreds who crossed into Bangladesh on Monday.

About 500 houses south of the town were set on fire on Monday, a villager in the Maungdaw region, Aung Lin, told Reuters by telephone. Relatives said she had stepped on a land mine. "We will follow the others".

The wave of refugees has strained aid agencies already helping hundreds of thousands displaced by previous waves of violence in Myanmar.

Thousands of displaced people have been stranded or left without food for weeks.

Dhaka, which initially tried to block the Rohingya from entering, said Monday it would start registering all new arrivals.

It remains unclear when or whether they will be able to return.

The violence was triggered on August 25 when an ethnic Rohingya insurgent group attacked police posts in Myanmar and security forces retaliated.

It also said in two local Bangladeshi communities, the local mosque committee, political leaders and community leaders were providing basic assistance to newcomers. One of the victims was a young boy.

The Dalai Lama says the suffering of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar would have inspired Buddha to help.

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