Thousands of Rohingya Muslims cross over to Bangladesh amid fresh violence

Malaysia strongly condemns the attacks against Myanmar security forces in northern Rakhine state in Myanmar on Aug 25.

Meanwhile, Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh from escalating violence in Myanmar are facing the growing danger of sickness and diseases.

The Myanmar military and Suu Kyi's office deny allegations of serious human rights violations in Rakhine State since October 2016, and the Myanmar government has indicated that it will not cooperate with the worldwide fact-finding mission or let its members into the country.

The government blames Rohingya insurgents and their sympathizers for the continuing violence.

The reported death toll has climbed to over 100, including many terrorists. They face severe persecution in the Buddhist-majority country, which refuses to recognize them as a legitimate native ethnic minority, leaving them without citizenship and basic rights.

Ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and other tribal groups are also among the dead and displaced after allegedly being targeted by Rohingya militants.

In the days following the attacks, the Myanmar army has burnt down areas of Rakhine state and fired on civilians, according to rights groups and witnesses.

Also on Sunday, the European Rohingya Council (ERC) expressed concern over the plight of Rohingyas and urged the global community to take urgent actions "for protection and safety in Rakhine state".

Wirathu also denounced global aid groups that the government has accused, without evidence, of giving assistance to the Rohingya insurgents.

"No, we do not at the moment", he said.

A minority group of around one million poor people in the western province of Rakhine in Myanmar, Rohingya are treated brutally by an establishment of majority Buddhist rulers. "Decades of persistent and systematic human rights violations, including the very violent security responses to the attacks since October 2016, have nearly certainly contributed to the nurturing of violent extremism, with everyone ultimately losing".

Rakhine has been beset by religious violence since 2012 but analysts say the emergence of organised militancy is a game-changer.

He added that Turkey was also in contact with organizations such as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and relevant countries such as the U.S., Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Bangladesh.

On Monday Bangladeshi authorities proposed joint military operations with Myanmar against Rohingya militants fighting in Rakhine, hoping to stem the flow of displaced.

The Pope and the United Nations are among those urging Myanmar to protect Rohingya civilians from the latest violence.

The insurgent raids last Thursday were deadlier than an attack by the militants on three border posts last October that killed nine policemen and set off months of brutal counterinsurgency operations against Rohingya communities.

  • Rogelio Becker