Despite violence in Myanmar, Bangladesh sends back 90 Rohingya Muslims

Expressing the concern over the reports of renewed violence and attacks by terrorists in northern Rakhine State Myanmar, MEA said, "India is seriously concerned by reports of renewed violence and terrorist attacks in northern Rakhine State Myanmar".

Police fought off groups of as many as 100 Rohingya attackers armed with guns, machetes and homemade grenades.

Win Myat Aye, Myanmar's minister for social welfare, relief and resettlement, told Reuters late on Saturday that 4,000 "ethnic villagers" who had fled their villages had been evacuated, referring to non-Muslim residents of the area.

Security forces have conducted new "clearance operations" around Maungdaw and Buthidaung in northern Rakhine since coordinated attacks on Friday morning by the Arakan Rohingya Solidarity Army, which the government has officially declared a "terrorist group".

Over several decades, the government has made consistent efforts to erase the minority-Muslim Rohingya's historical ties to Rakhine state that date to the 8th Century denying them basic human rights such as citizenship, access to education, among others. They also say the attacks have caused villagers to flee to the mountains for shelter or to try to cross the border into Bangladesh.

Hundreds of Rohingyas are still stranded at the Naf river along the border with Bangladesh.

The Rohingya Muslim community are in dire need of the protections these instruments offer, now more than ever.

The statement says they hope that the State will take into consideration the safety and security of the civilian communities in this just war.

Nevertheless, an estimated 5,000 people have crossed into Bangladesh in the past few days, with more than 1,000 coming early on Monday, according to Rohingya refugees in camps in the border district of Cox's Bazar. Tens of thousands of Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh, accusing Myanmar authorities of ethnic persecution.

Bangladesh has said there are thousands more Rohingya massed on its border with Myanmar, where the stateless minority face persecution. "Thousands more are believed to be gathered on the border, and have been appealing to the Bangladesh authorities to allow them to enter".

At least 104 people, including some 80 militants, have been confirmed killed.

However, a number of reports, supported by pictures and videos posted online, contradict the government's narrative and suggest the military has indiscriminately attacked innocent civilians.

In addition to significant fatalities, the recent conflict has also driven between 5,000 and 10,000 people from their home, according to Ro Nay San Lwin, a Rohingya activist based in Europe, who said mosques and madrasas had been burned to the ground, and the civilian population left without aid or assistance.

On August 8, the MHA had issued an advisory titled Identification of illegal migrants and monitoring thereof, asking states to take "prompt steps in identifying the illegal migrants and initiate deportation processes expeditiously and without delay".

  • Kyle Peterson