Turkey calls for United Nations intervention on Rohingya Muslims' plight


According to the UN's International Organisation for Migration (IOM), as many as 18,500 Rohingyas have fled Myanmar's restive Rakhine state within five days ending Wednesday, 30 August.

Almost 30,000 Rohingya Muslims have crossed into Bangladesh from Myanmar since Friday, straining scarce resources of aid agencies and local communities already helping tens of thousands of refugees from previous spasms of violence in Myanmar.

Bangladesh security forces have also detained 75 Rohingya refugees, including women and children, when they were trying to cross the border into Bangladesh.

Zahid Hossain Siddique, Upazila Nirbahi Officer of Teknaf, said he heard 17 people were dead after the boats capsize. They are also subject to frequent sectarian attacks by Buddhist extremist groups such as Ma Ba Tha, the "committee to protect race and religion".

"So far they have recorded about 135 names on [the village] death list", the man in the video clip said.
His comments came after the government released more pictures of World Food Programme food packets they said had been found in Arsa camps. There have been numerous eyewitness accounts of summary executions, rapes, and arson attacks by security forces against the Muslims since the crackdown began. "They need at least some cover, some roofs over their heads", IMO's Sanjutka Sahany, who runs an office near the Myanmar-Bangladesh border, said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to "put pressure on Myanmar government" over the suffering of the Rohingya Muslims in the country, semi-official Anadolu Agency reported.

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Displaced Rohingya reaching Bangladesh have told AFP some men are heeding a call to arms by the militants and staying behind to fight in their villages.

Most of Myanmar's estimated one million Rohingya Muslims live in northern Rakhine state. The South Asian country's authorities say they have a "zero tolerance" policy for Rohingyas entering Bangladesh.

There are reports scores of Muslim Rohingyas - including women and children - have been killed by Myanmar security forces and Buddhist vigilantes in a surge of ethnic violence. They are considered by the United Nations the "most persecuted minority group in the world".

"We will remain steadfast until we move our country above the level of contemporary civilizations with our democracy, economy and foreign policy", Erdoğan said in his message.

On Thursday, UN ambassador to Myanmar Scot Marciel described as "absurd" claims that aid agencies related to the USA government were supporting terrorism.