SC to hear plea challenging deportation of Rohingya Muslims on Sept 4

SC to hear plea challenging deportation of Rohingya Muslims on Sept 4

"Another 15 bodies were recovered on Friday morning which takes the number of total death toll to 38 from 23 on Thursday", said Chailau Marma, additional superintendent of police in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district, some 292 km southeast of the capital Dhaka.

Officials in Bangladesh say growing numbers of Rohingya are trying to cross the Naf river which divides the two countries, in rickety boats that are ill-equipped for the rough waters as they become increasingly desperate to escape.

Bangladesh coast guards have found the bodies of 20 people who drowned fleeing Myanmar, amid a rising exodus from Rakhine state.

"Many children have been killed", he told BuzzFeed News from Geneva, "many women, many elderly".

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim Friday called on global community to help stop violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar's western Rakhine State. That set off a surge of anti-Muslim sentiment throughout the country.

It is the bloodiest chapter yet in a bitter five-year crisis that has torn apart Rakhine state along ethnic and religious lines, displaced the Rohingya in huge numbers and heaped worldwide condemnation on Myanmar's army and the government of Aung San Suu Kyi.

But testimonies gathered by AFP from the displaced reaching Bangladesh suggest some Rohingya men are heeding a call-to-arms by the militants.

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist government said last month it was going to expel all Rohingya, even those registered with the United Nations refugee agency, drawing criticism from aid groups and some politicians. "Bangladeshi Hindus are helping them", he said.

Almost 30,000 more Rohingyas have made the perilous crossing by boat or on foot into Bangladesh, while 20,000 more are stuck in no man's land at the border.

Refugees arriving in Bangladesh accuse the military in Myanmar of raiding villages and burning down houses.

From Bangladesh, many Rohingya have crossed a porous border into Hindu-majority India, where they are starting to be vilified by some right-wing groups. New Delhi also made it clear that its security forces carried out operations in 2015 "along the border" with Myanmar thereby seeking to avoid any controversy in the wake of reports at the time that the surgical strike by the Indian Army had been carried out against terrorists in Myanmar that year. Tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees are believed to be stuck at the border to Bangladesh.

Tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims are now reported to be fleeing towards Bangladesh. The country already hosts 400,000 Rohingya and does not want more.

The latest clashes in Myanmar began last Friday when Rohingya militants staged deadly attacks on police posts, prompting raids on the community and searches by troops and police.

Main Uddin, a government official in Cox's Bazar, said the survivors reported that about 86 Hindus had been killed by armed groups in three villages since August 25.

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