Rohingya exodus tops quarter million

Civil society protests against Rohingyas genocide in Myanmar

Civil society protests against Rohingyas genocide in Myanmar

Of these, almost 357,000 - a third of Myanmar's total Rohingya population - have left since October when the latest upsurge in violence began. "To support the new arrivals there is now an urgent need for 60,000 new shelters, as well as food, clean water and health services, including specialist mental health services and support for survivors of sexual violence".

On Sept. 9, the United Nations said at least 290,000 Rohingya have sought refuge in Bangladesh.

The U.N. documented mass gang rapes, killings - including infants and young children - brutal beatings and disappearances committed by security personnel.

At the same time, Malaysia will send a humanitarian mission to help refugees seeking shelter at the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, Prime Minister Najib Razak said.

Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of Myanmar, has said her government is "trying its best" to protect citizens amid mounting violence in the country.

United Nations agencies estimate more than a quarter-million refugees have arrived on the border of Bangladesh in the last two weeks, joining at least 100,000 who were already there after fleeing earlier riots or persecution in Buddhist-majority Burma.

Also on Saturday, rights group Amnesty International accused Myanmar's military of planting landmines at the border with Bangladesh.

The violence erupted following an attack by a Rohingya insurgent group on police and military posts in Rakhine, leading to a violent offensive by the Myanmar Army. "But much more is needed and we are fast running out of stock", Margo Baars, of the International Organization for Migration, said.

The predominantly Buddhist Myanmar considers them Bangladeshi but Bangladesh says they're Burmese.

More than a million Rohingyas live in Rakhine, where they face growing discrimination following a sectarian conflict in 2012 that killed at least 160 people, and displaced almost 120,000.

"We again condemn deadly attacks on Burmese security forces, but join the worldwide community in calling on those forces to prevent further attacks on local populations in ways that are consistent with the rule of law and with full respect for human rights".

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