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'87,000 Rohingya migrants arrive in Bangladesh'

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  5 Sep 2017 12:00 AM GMT

Dhaka, Sept 4: At least 87,000 Rohingya Muslim migrants arrived in Bangladesh last week from Myanmar, a UN official said here on Monday. The official told Efe news that 81,000 migrants were currently lodged in makeshift shelters and the remaining 6,000 settled with relatives in the permanent refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar district. Thousands continued to arrive at the border, some of them with gunshot wounds, fleeing sectarian violence in Myanmar’s northwestern Rakhine state.

On Friday, the UN expressed deep concern at reports about violence committed by the security forces in Myanmar and made an appeal for calm to prevent a humanitarian crisis. The exodus of Rohingyas from Rakhine comes after at least 70,000 Rohingyas fled the same area amid alleged attacks by the military following a similar assault on border posts by the group’s militants in October 2016. The military’s response was slammed by the UN for human rights violations. (IANS)

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