1M Rohingya refugees could arrive in Bangladesh by end of year — UN

Tiny bodies of slain Rohingya children wash up on Bangladesh shores

The Rohingya immigrants, who fled to India after violence in the western Rakhine state of Myanmar, have landed in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said this week the violence against the Rohingya is "ethnic cleansing".

Meanwhile, Al-Qaeda militants have called for support for Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims, who are facing a security crackdown that has sent about 400,000 of them fleeing to Bangladesh, warning that Myanmar would face "punishment" for its "crimes".

The United Nations said Saturday that the total number of people to have entered Bangladesh having fled the unrest had now reached 409,000, a leap of 18,000 in a day.

The UN's International Organisation for Migration has said it will form a group of all UN agencies and private groups to coordinate aid work.

The Rohingya are a minority group largely based in Rakhine.

This was the first time the UNSC agreed on a unanimous response after countries like China and Russia, which have traditionally shielded Myanmar from any serious action, came on board. They estimate that 60 percent of the new arrivals are children.

Amnesty International has detected at least 80 massive fires in inhabited areas across northern Rakhine since August 25 when the Rohingya crisis broke out.

For tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, an informal fleet of small wooden fishing boats has meant deliverance from what they say is an indiscriminate assault on their villages by the Myanmar army.

Dhaka has also protested Myanmar's branding of the Rohingya people as "Bengalis" - the main ethnic people in Bangladesh.

The White House said it was "alarmed" by the "allegations of human rights abuses, including extrajudicial killings, burning of villages, massacres, and rape, by security forces and by civilians acting with these forces' consent". They blame the insurgents, and say 30,000 non-Muslim villagers were also displaced.

They claim to be descendants of Muslims and have had a tension-filled relationship with Myanmar's Buddhist population for several decades.

The council urged "immediate steps" to end the violence taking place, in a unanimous statement, and called for humanitarian aid workers to be able to reach those in need in Rakhine state.



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