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Border Guard Bangladesh sends back 171 Rohingya refugees

30 August 2017

About 1.1 million Rohingya Muslims live in Rakhine, but they are denied citizenship and are seen by many officials in Myanmar as "illegal immigrants" from Bangladesh. He would visit the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, from November 30 to December 2.

It is the latest flare-up in ongoing violence between the Rohingya, a Muslim minority, and the government of predominantly Buddhist Myanmar.

The Annan Commission's recommendations should be taken cognisance of and the Rohingyas must have their legal rights as citizens of Myanmar, among other things, restored.

Bangladesh on Monday proposed joint military operations with Myanmar against Rohingya militants fighting in Rakhine state, hoping to stem the flow of refugees.

"Around 6,000 Myanmar nationals have gathered on the border and are trying to enter Bangladesh", a senior Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) official said, referring to the Rohingya.

It also disrupted the networks that brought migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh to Thailand and Malaysia.

"We have already said that the Rohingya do not exist in Myanmar", he said.

However, authorities in Myanmar say close to 100 people have been killed since Friday when armed men, reportedly from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), launched a pre-dawn raid on police outposts in the restive region.

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The casualty report confirmed at least 59 dead insurgents and twelve government soldiers also lost their lives.

A security clampdown launched in October previous year in Maungdaw, where Rohingya form the majority, led to a United Nations report on human rights violations by security forces that indicated crimes against humanity.

The recent attacks by militants are because "Bengali people... tried to occupy lands" in Rakhine.

Their flight comes as Human Rights Watch said it has satellite data "consistent with widespread burnings" in 10 populated areas of the violence-wracked wedge of Rakhine State near Bangladesh.

More than 8,700 Rohingya have fled from Myanmar into Bangladesh since the attacks, Zeid said in a statement.

Though the Maungdaw-Buthidaung road that had been closed since August 25 reopened on Monday, fighting is still going on in remote villages, residents told RFA's Myanmar Service.

A previous round of insurgent attacks in October prompted a ferocious military response that displaced 87,000 Rohingya and was dogged by allegations of atrocities.

Border Guard Bangladesh sends back 171 Rohingya refugees