Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Rohingya Dead as Boat Capsizes in Attempt to Flee

Rohingya Dead as Boat Capsizes in Attempt to Flee

He could not say how many people were missing, but survivors and officials have said the boat was carrying between 60 and 100 people.

The refugees are fleeing a military operation in Myanmar amid which security forces and Buddhist mobs have killed men, women and children, looted homes and torched Rohingya villages.

Almost 520,000 Rohingya Muslims have now entered Bangladesh since deadly Rohingya militant raids on Myanmar police posts on 25 August prompted a brutal military backlash.

The West has invested politically in Myanmar leader and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who has faced scathing global criticism for not doing more to stop the violence.

The refugee crisis triggered by the persecution of Muslims in Myanmar is set to overshadow all other bilateral issues during the upcoming meeting of the Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) of India and Bangladesh.

In the southern parts of Bangladesh they have joined hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who were already living in miserable conditions in tightly packed camps.

Yet, Myanmar does not recognize the Rohingya as one of the country's 135 ethnic groups, considering them instead as Bengali, infiltrators from Bangladesh.

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Myanmar's army offensive, which has forced more than a half a million Rohingya Muslims out of the country, was discussed in Brussels.

Dozens more are feared to have drowned when a boat packed with desperate refugees sank late on Sunday night. "We are taking all preventive actions to ensure there are no marriages between Bangladeshis and Rohingya", Cox's Bazar's deputy police chief Mohammad Kazi Humayun Rashid told AFP.

"We feel deeply sorry for the reaction from global countries based on news without truth".

Rohingya refugees wait on a rice field after crossing the border in Palang Khali, Bangladesh October 9, 2017.

Global aid agencies say some 520,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh since late August and the United Nations said it was bracing for a possible "further exodus".

Last week, an average of 2,000 people a day crossed from Myanmar to Bangladesh.

Most of the Rohingyas cross the Naf river at its narrowest point.

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