Conflict in Myanmar Worsens, Nearly 100 People Killed

Displaced Rakhine ethnic people from Maungdaw township arrive at the Sittwe port Sittwe Rakhine State western Myanmar on Saturday

The Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (Centhra) is deeply concerned over the renewed violence affecting the Rohingya Muslim community in Rakhine state in Myanmar, which has caused the death of hundreds of innocent lives, and thousands to flee to the border to neighbouring Bangladesh, whose border guards are turning them back in breach of global humanitarian principles. Last week, Rohingya militants attacked police and border outposts, and security forces responded.

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Police fought off groups of as many as 100 Rohingya attackers armed with guns, machetes and homemade grenades.

The office, headed by Suu Kyi who is the country's de facto leader, also posted a photo of United Nations world food programme biscuits which it said were found on 30 July "at the camp where terrorists sheltered".

Independent confirmation of the situation is hard because the government bars journalists from the area.

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In a lethal escalation of a conflict that has simmered in the region for years, thousands of Muslim refugees have fled across the border to Bangladesh from what they describe as a military onslaught. The minority are widely reviled as illegal migrants from Bangladesh, despite having lived in the area for generations.

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative has asked the home affairs ministry to withdraw its advisory on deportation of Rohingya Muslims.

Lt. Col. Manzurul Hasan Khan of Border Guards Bangladesh said they cordoned off about 1,000 Rohingya after they attempted to enter Bangladesh. "I have lost my entire family this time". She said gunshots and explosions could be heard and smoke could still be seen Friday evening. Tens of thousands of Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh, accusing Myanmar authorities of ethnic persecution. "The patrol in my area is not that tight often, especially during changing of shifts", he said.

He said that "Bangladesh is already overburdened" and "is unable to take more Rohingya".

However, reports say Bangladeshi border guards forcibly returned some 90 Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar just hours after soldiers opened fire on people fleeing the country.

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Suu Kyi has called Thursday's attacks "a calculated attempt to undermine the efforts of those seeking to build peace and harmony in Rakhine state".

This can be done to force the cessation of its constant attacks on the Rohingya Muslim minority, the protection of civilians fleeing violence by offering refuge to Rohingya Muslim refugees, and adherence to all human rights treaties protecting refugees and stateless persons.

The death toll from the violence that erupted on Friday with coordinated attacks by Rohingya insurgents has climbed to 104, the vast majority militants, plus 12 members of security forces and several civilians, according to a Reuters tally based on official releases.

For some years now, global human rights groups and the United Nations have reported wide-scale human rights violations against the Rohingyas, including extrajudicial killings, gang rapes, arsons and other violence.

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