Around 400 dead in Myanmar violence as thousands of Rohingya refugees flee

A Bangladeshi man distributes meat from a sacrificed animal to Rohingya refugees during Eid al Adha

Numerous new arrivals were women and children, including heavily pregnant women, she said.

A senior police official said the bodies were recovered from the Naf river dividing Bangladesh and Myanmar where the boat capsized on Wednesday night, reports Xinhua news agency.

Almost 9,000 Rohingya Muslims, many sick and fearing for their lives, have fled the worst violence to grip northwest Myanmar in at least five years, while thousands more are stuck at the border with Bangladesh or preparing to reach it in coming days.

The group, mostly women and children from the Rohingya minority, were trying to escape a recent surge of violence.

The military has killed 370 Rohingya from the Muslim minority.

Tragically, at least 26 people have so far drowned in an attempt to flee the violence.

Bangladesh has recently stopped thousands of Rohingyas on the border, saying it is no longer capable of hosting the refugees.

His account could not be verified by AFP, but offers an insight into the cat-and-mouse game between militants and security forces being played out in remote hamlets, fields and forest hideouts in Myanmar's westernmost Rakhine state.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim Friday called on global community to help stop violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar's western Rakhine State.

Ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and other tribal groups were also among the dead after allegedly being targeted by the militants, according to the government.

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Over 400,000 Rohingya refugees are already living in overcrowded, squalid camps and makeshift settlements in Bangladesh's southern district of Cox's Bazar.

While thousands of Rohingya refugees have made it across the border to Bangladesh, thousands of others are stranded in a no man's land between the two countries, the International Organization for Migration said.

More than 400 Hindus from Rakhine have also crossed into Bangladesh, after armed men attacked their village, killing and looting.

United Nations special rapporteur Yanghee Lee expressed alarm Thursday about a worsening cycle of violence in the area that she said was "of grave concern" and "must be broken urgently".

Haley said the USA has welcomed Myanmar's endorsement of the Annan Commission's recommendations and supports the government's efforts to implement them as quickly as possible.

"We did not push them back, rather we told them. you should go back to your territory", added Khan, who said there was a "humanitarian crisis" developing along the border.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has appreciated Bangladesh's steps for providing assistance to Rohingya people and resolving the ongoing Rohingya crisis as he phoned his Bangladesh counterpart, President Abdul Hamid.

An AFP journalist on a government-led trip to the province said he had seen plumes of smoke rising from several burning villages.

Last year, scores of Rohingya were killed and tens of thousands forced to flee to Bangladesh after a major military operation was launched against them.

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